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March 29 – 31, 2022

The Influence of Market Integration on Escalating Inequality in Small-Scale Societies

Co-chaired by Mary Shenk, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, Tami Blumenfield, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Furman University, and Siobhan Mattison, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

This seminar tackles how and why social inequality is exacerbated by market integration. It brings together members of a National Science Foundation-funded international team composed of researchers in anthropology, demography, economics, and evolutionary biology to discuss ongoing analyses of detailed data collected in rural communities in Bangladesh and China which are undergoing rapid market transition from subsistence to market-based economies.

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September 27 – 29, 2022

Realigning Ancient Foodways Models by Identifying Geophytes in the Archaeological Record

Chaired by Christine Hastorf, Director – McCown Archaeobotanical Laboratory, and Curator of South American Archaeology, University of California – Berkeley

This seminar will bring together active scholars of anatomical geophyte identification to compile effective diagnostic techniques of identification in order to produce a key to assist archaeologists in identification of storage tissue in the archaeological record.

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