J. Mark Kenoyer to Present Archaeology Lecture September 28

University of Wisconsin, Madison professor to speak at The College of Wooster

Event Details

September 28, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.)

J. Mark KnoyerWOOSTER, Ohio – J. Mark Kenoyer, the George F. Dales, Jr. and Barbara A. Dales Professor of Anthropology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “The Indus Civilization and Its Links with West Asia,” on Friday, Sept. 28, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Kenoyer will present an overview of the most recent discoveries of the Indus Civilization of Pakistan and western India (2600-1900 B.C.) with a focus on the origin and character of Indus urbanism. He will also discuss the technologies and trade that were essential for reinforcing the power of the Indus elites, along with key examples of Indus art and the undeciphered Indus script. New techniques for tracing the movement of Indus goods to the distant regions of Oman, the Persian Gulf, Iran, and Mesopotamia will be examined, specifically with reference to stone beads and textiles. The lecture will conclude with a brief discussion of the decline and legacy of the Indus civilization.

Kenoyer has been excavating and carrying out research on the Indus civilization since 1975 and has excavated at the site of Harappa, Pakistan, since 1986. He has also worked at sites and ethnoarchaeological projects in India and more recently in China and Oman. He has a special interest in ancient technologies and crafts, socio-economic and political organization as well as religion. He received a bachelor of arts degree, master of arts degree, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kenoyer’s lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, as well as Wooster’s archaeology student colloquium, program in archaeology, cultural events committee, and chapter of Lambda Alpha national honorary society. There will be an open reception with beverages and snacks after the presentation in the foyer outside the lecture room.

Additional information is available by phone 330-263-2474 or pkardulias@wooster.edu.