Ethiopia possesses one particular of the world’s oldest archaeological information dating back far more than two and a fifty percent million years, amazing cultural variety, and some of the most dramatic and assorted landscapes in Africa. It is a land of towering mountain peaks and large highland plains, deep rift valley gorges and expansive lakes, dense tropical forests and arid lowlands, tiny rural villages and huge and quickly increasing city centers.

In this presentation, Matt Curtis, a lecturer in anthropology at California Point out College, Channel Islands, and Higher education of the Canyons, will give an overview of Ethiopia’s organic and human legacy with a aim on the archaeology and environmental histories of the previous 10,000 years and insights from his three decades of investigate and vacation in this various country in the coronary heart of the Horn of Africa.

Curtis is a broadly experienced anthropological archaeologist specializing in the Holocene archaeology of Jap Africa. He holds a PhD in anthropology from the College of Florida and is a former Nationwide Science Basis grant awardee, a Overseas Language and Spot Studies (FLAS) fellow, a Fulbright grantee, and is the founder and director of Jap African Archaeology On the web, a web-site devoted to cultural heritage advocacy, news, and data relating to archaeology in Africa.

Curtis has carried out archaeological analysis in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and the United States and now prospects a regional archaeological study venture in northern Ethiopia for the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at University of California, Los Angeles.

The Fifty and Superior method (FAB) was designed to supply college-stage programs (no checks, no homework) taught by authorities in the discipline, and to host social engagement pursuits for folks 50 several years of age and more mature in our community. When COVID-19 erupted and the 1st-ever offering of in-particular person programs experienced to be postponed indefinitely, we responded by relocating the programs to a virtual (on-line) surroundings employing Zoom.

Cost for the two-hour lecture is $8.

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