Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Archeological Center, University of Utah
Looking to the Past to Predict Our Future
Sunday, October 18, 7:30-8:15 pm. Natural History Museum of Utah
Brian will synthesize recent archaeological and ecological data from the western United States to present a story of the region’s prehistory within a broader narrative about what lessons the past can teach us about our potential future.
The intermountain west has a remarkable record of past human lives and livelihoods preserved in archaeological sites scattered throughout the region. These cultural resources offer an invaluable window into the indigenous history of the area and provide the only long-term record of how past people confronted many of the same problems we face today, including climate change, wildfire, deforestation, conflict, and inequality. Yet despite their importance, these cultural resources are constantly under threat from looting and mismanaged development. Synthesizing recent quantitative data, this talk will highlight the inherent and utilitarian value of the archaeological record by presenting the story of the region’s prehistory within a broader narrative about what lessons the past can teach us about our potential future.
Brian Codding received his PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University. His work is focused on explaining the dynamic interactions between people and their environments, especially in western North America and Australia. This work includes the study of both past and present human behavior in local ecological contexts to explain issues ranging from social change to sustainable land use practices. This work is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.