27
February
13.00-14.00
Cost: Free
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The Domestication of the Dromedary Camel

The Domestication of the Dromedary Camel

Lecture by Peter Magee, FSA

Camel Recent archaeological research in the Arabian peninsula has revealed important new information on the thorny issue of when the dromedary camel was domesticated. This evidence, which includes artifacts, bioarchaological data, and genetics data, points to a long history of exploitation of the wild dromedary before its eventual domestication. This new understanding challenges broader assumptions about the inter-connectedness between overland trade and dromedary domestication, and furthers our understanding of the complex and unique history of human settlement in Arabia.

Peter Magee is Chair and Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and his areas of focus is the archaeology of imperialism in south and west Asia, human habitation of arid environments and the history of European exploration of the Middle East, particularly Arabia. His most recent publication is The Archaeology of Arabia: Social Formation and Adaptation from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, and he is currently working on The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Arabia with Oxford University Press.

Image: Object excavated in the United Arab Emirates; provided by the speaker.

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