Guest speaker Prof. Colin Quinn, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY


Location: 278 Corbett Family Hall

Colin Quinn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY

Transforming Mountain Landscapes: Change and Continuity in a Bronze Age Shatter Zone

This talk examines how people living in metal-rich Transylvanian mountain landscapes contributed to and experienced the establishment of permanent social hierarchies with inequality during the European Bronze Age (2700-1300 BCE). I argue that historically-situated disruptive events, including climactic changes, large-scale migration, violence, and disease, led to the break down of local institutions. These ruptures offered opportunities for people to variably resist and seek out new forms of social, economic, and political relationships.