'I met a traveller from an antique land': The Archaeology of Progress, Decline, and Collapse
After the Talk:
If you missed Kevin's talk or would like to see it again, please watch the video below. Research Article: Surely the ancient Maya never predicted their downfall, nor did the Roman Empire foresee its society coming to an end and yet they both vanished into history. What can we learn from these civilizations and how can it relate to the normal we know today?
'I met a traveller from an antique land': The Archaeology of Progress, Decline, and Collapse.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: City Hall, City of Lethbridge (910 4th Avenue S, Lethbridge)
Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
The ability of archaeology to offer insight about long-term change is one of the major contributions of the discipline. Archaeologists and those that are interested in archaeological work have been particularly interested in understanding why cultures change, what constitutes progress, and why societies seemingly vanish.
Scholars have sought answers for why there was widespread collapse at the end of the Bronze Age, what happened to the ancient Maya, and why the Roman empire fell. Yet perhaps these ideas of progress and collapse are rooted in other ideologies and perhaps we are reading our own concerns into the archaeological record. Through a series of case studies, McGeough challenges the ideas of progress, decline, and collapse.