AIA Lecture: When the Volcano Erupts: Lessons from the Archaeological Record

How do repeated disasters shape and strengthen communities? Rachel Rachel Egan, M.A. University of Colorado Boulder addresses this question in her free lecture: 

When the Volcano Erupts: Lessons from the Archaeological Record on Human Adaptation to Catastrophic Environments

The Tilarán-Arenal region of Costa Rica is one of the most volcanically active regions in the world, but despite the risk, from the advent of sedentary villages during the Tronodora phase (2000-500 B.C.) until the arrival of Spanish in the 16th century, people demonstrated remarkable resilience. Using this region as a case study, Egan’s research uses archaeology, tephrochronology, and geographic information systems to explore the innovative ways pre-Hispanic people adapted to the hazardous nature of their environment. Lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleontology Hall
1035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

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