Professor Simon Holdaway - Origins of Egyptian Civilisation Event as iCalendar

04 October 2017

6 - 7pm

Venue: Whangarei Central Library

Location: 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Cost: Free

Professor Simon Holdaway
Professor Simon Holdaway

Ten thousand years ago, the Sahara was green and people moved freely across what is now a hyper-arid desert. Five thousand years later, people were concentrated in the Nile Valley and the Sahara was dry. Peoples’ economy had changed from hunting and gathering to a reliance on domesticated sheep, goats, cattle, and domestic grain. They had begun to bury their dead in elaborate tombs. What changed? What was the impact of climate change and consequent shifts in environment? How does the origin of Egyptian Civilisation relate to the beginnings of agriculture in the nearby Levant? Is this a case of cultural replacement from elsewhere or should the origins of Egyptian Civilisation be sought in northeast Africa? Based on the results of recent fieldwork in the Fayum region of Egypt, Prof. Holdaway will outline new results that help to explain the significance of changes in environment and culture that led to the development of Egyptian Civilisation.

Simon Holdaway is professor of archaeology and head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Auckland. He is the author of eight books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His archaeological fieldwork projects have taken him to France, Australia, Egypt, and New Zealand. His most recent book, The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated: The Early to Mid-Holocene Landscape Archaeology of the Fayum North Shore, Egypt is published as Monumenta Archaeologica v. 39 by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, UCLA.

The University of Auckland in Whangarei, in association with Whangarei District Council, invite you to a series of free public lectures and networking opportunities.

Venue: Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

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  • Professor Stephen May (University of Auckland) - Bilingualism or not? Exploring the relationship between bilingualism and academic achievement
  • Professor Simon Holdaway (University of Auckland) - The Origins of Egyptian Civilisation


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