Migration and Culture Change: Tracing Stone Age Farmers in Southern Germany 5500 - 4000 BC

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

1011 E. Ash St., Springfield, IL

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free and open to the public

Brown Bag Program presented by Dr. Lynn Fisher, Adjunct Research Associate, Anthropology, Illinois State Museum & Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology, University of Illinois—Springfield

Anthropologists debate how farming became established in Central Europe—did farming populations migrate into this area from the east, or did local hunters and gatherers adopt farming methods? Whichever hypothesis you prefer, it is clear that movement of people and a complex web of cultural changes accompanied the advent of farming, as diverse pastoral and grain-farming communities adapted to the diverse landscapes of the region. This talk places recent research in southern Germany in context of broader questions about culture change and cultural diversity.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield.* For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

*The Collections Center’s new entrance gate is on Ash Street. The Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. 

Photo (L. Fisher): This reconstructed prehistoric house from the Federsee Museum in Oberschwaben, Germany, provides a colorful imagined glimpse of early housing in this region.

 

Federsee Museum in Oberschwaben, Germany

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