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Archaeology in Action

Human Impact on the Landscape of Ancient South India

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Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

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South India landscape.

This brand-new virtual lecture series connects you to Penn Museum’s leading archaeological experts. Hear first-hand accounts from researchers and learn about the latest findings from projects across the globe from the comfort of your home.


Ancient India had a diverse climate which affected its agricultural practices and civilization. Some of the world's largest cities developed in peninsular India, including in semi-arid regions where farming could be challenging. Dr. Kathleen D. Morrison shares her work at the intersection of archaeology and climate research. The South Indian Landscape Trajectories project aims to understand growth and decline of cities in southern India over the last 2,000 years. Using new mapping techniques and scientific analysis of ancient environments, as well as traditional archaeological research, you will learn how city life affected farming, food, and regional environments in ways that still resonate today.

About the Speaker

Kathleen Morrison.

Kathleen D. Morrison, Ph.D.

Kathleen D. Morrison, Ph.D., is Curator of the Asian Section at Penn Museum and a Professor of Anthropology. Her research focuses on the historical ecology of Southern Asia, especially changes in agriculture, land use, and environment, integrating approaches from archaeology, history, and environmental science.

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