Department of Anthropology

Seminar Series with Steven A. Rosen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Mobile Pastoralism: Flexibility, Resilience, and Adaptation over the Long-Term

Mon, October 9, 2017 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Southern Levant
Southern Levant

Archaeological analysis of the record of mobile pastoral presence in the deserts of the Southern Levant indicates fluctuating patterns of settlement and demography over the long-term. These patterns vary at different scales of analysis, both geographic and chronological, reflecting the fundamental fluidity of pastoral adaptations. The factors behind this variability include environmental change, the accumulation of technological knowledge, internal social organization, and external geo-politics, all superimposed on a harsh desert regime with underlying physical constraints. 

The uncritical adoption of models from recent ethnography essentially cast modern peoples as fossilized relicts; the economic, political, and demographic contexts of modern pastoral societies are fundamentally different from those of ancient societies and models generated from their study cannot be applied without significant critical review.


Dr. Steven A. Rosen is the Canada Chair in Near Eastern Archaeology in the Archaeological Division of the Department of Bible, Archaeology, and Ancient Near East at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  

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