Guest Lecturer To Discuss Early Occupation of Cyprus and its Impact

Alan Simmons to speak at The College of Wooster’s first archaeology series lecture on Sept. 14

11 September, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio – Alan Simmons, professor of anthropology at The University of Nevada-Las Vegas, will present “Of Hippo Hunters, Neolithic Voyagers, and Early Cows: The Curious Case of the Earliest Cypriots,” on Monday, Sept. 14, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception with beverages and snacks will follow the presentation in the foyer outside of the lecture room.

Simmons will talk about the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which was thought not to be inhabited until relatively late in the Neolithic, the revolutionary period when farming began. However, scholars now know that the island was first occupied much earlier. Starting with excavations at Akrotiri Aetokremnos, a pre-Neolithic presence (10,000 BC) is now firmly established that also suggests that humans may have been at least partially responsible for the extinction of the endemic pygmy hippopotamus. More recent excavations have now also established a Neolithic presence that is as old as that on the adjacent mainland. Simmons’ presentation summarizes these discoveries, placing them within a broader Near Eastern context.

Simmons’ lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.