Thursday, September 10, 2015

David L. Peterson on “Eurasia Before the Golden Age: Metal Technology and Metal Networks, ca. 3000-1500 BC”


Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6pm in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall in the       Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College*

Kutuuk I burial, dating to ca. 1950 BC, 
courtesy of Pavel Kuznetsov and David Peterson

Metalworking began in Eurasian steppes over 6000 years ago, and from the very beginning it involved networks for the distribution of raw materials over hundreds of miles. Metal helped to forge the bonds that made the Eurasian steppes a broad cultural area. David Peterson will discuss his research of early metal making and metal networks in the Middle Volga steppe region of Samara, Russia, including copper, bronze, and gold jewelry, and the role that the mobility of early steppe pastoralists, relationships between distant communities, and recycling played in the social and technical practices that surrounded early metalwork.   

*Location and parking information can be found here (#29 on the map)

A no-host dinner with the speaker will follow the lecture at Pad Thai Grand, 1681 Grand Avenue, St. Paul.

About the speaker: 
David L. Peterson, Ph.D. is Affiliate at the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy. More information about his work can be found here:

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