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Science in the Modern World Lecture: “Before Farming and Villages: Early Pastoralists of the Sahara,” April 8

Date Released: 3/25/2008

Evidence from the Sahara and from cattle DNA suggests that ancient Africans followed a very different path toward food production than that of ancient Near Eastern peoples. Dr. Diane Gifford-Gonzalez will explore this further in a lecture on April 8 at 7 PM at Purchase College entitled “Before Farming and Villages: Early Pastoralists of the Sahara.” The lecture is free and open to the public and will be presented in the Purchase College Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Gifford-Gonzalez’s talk is sponsored by the School of Natural and Social Sciences as part of the Science in the Modern World Lecture Series. For more information, call 914-251-6601.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, Ph.D., is professor of anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz specializing in zooarchaeology, African and western North American archaeology, pastoralists, gender in archaeology and interpretive theory in archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, the Netherlands and the western United States in support of her ongoing research which includes pastoralism in Niger and Kenya. She has taught graduate seminars at the Universities of Nairobi and Tromsø and the Chinese Academy of Science, and served on the editorial boards of major Africanist journals and on the governing boards of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists and the International Conference of Archaezoology, among several others. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.