Source: La Trobe University
Climate change, intensified agriculture and expanded trade caused a series of transformations in Bronze Age societies around the Eastern Mediterranean.
Excavations in Bronze Age villages along the Jordan Rift and on the island of Cyprus demonstrate that farmers and herders responded to a changing region by remapping their physical and social landscapes. As a result, expressions of community identity enlightened their world views and provided distinct archaeological signatures such as commemoration of the dead, community feasting and characteristic depictions of the human form.
Archaeology allows us to understand the lives of our agricultural forbearers and their legacy on the rural landscapes of the ancient and modern worlds through the material evidence they left behind.
About the speaker
Professor Steve Falconer studies the rise and collapse of urbanized societies in the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East. Professor Falconer has directed excavations in Jordan and currently co-directs excavations on the island of Cyprus.