Lecture: Ancient humans in Armenia

Daniel Adler sampling ancient lake deposits found in the deep sounding at Nor Geghi 1, Armenia, July 2015.

Daniel Adler sampling ancient lake deposits found in the deep sounding at Nor Geghi 1, Armenia, July 2015.

“Excavations in Armenia: Transitions from lower to middle Paleolithic (425,000 to 130,000 years ago)” will be the subject of Professor Daniel Adler on Thursday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m., at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

The Palaeolithic site of Nor Geghi 1 (Armenia) under excavation, July 2015.

The Palaeolithic site of Nor Geghi 1 (Armenia) under excavation, July 2015.

Daniel Adler at the Palaeolithic site of Alapars, Armenia, July 2015.

Daniel Adler at the Palaeolithic site of Alapars, Armenia, July 2015.

Sponsored by the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (the AAG), the lecture is free to AAG, Bruce Museum members, students with ID and $15 to the public.

The late Middle Pleistocene was a period of profound biological and behavioral change among ancient humans. University of Connecticut Professor Adler has been working at Nor Geghi 1 within the Hrazdan Gorge, north of Yerevan, for several years. More than 3,000 obsidian artifacts have been excavated with significant results that he will discuss at the AAG meeting.

Professor Adler has been a director of a number of Paleolithic excavations in

Daniel Adler at an Urartian fortress on the western shores of Lake Sevan, Armenia, July 2015.

Daniel Adler at an Urartian fortress on the western shores of Lake Sevan, Armenia, July 2015.

Eurasia for 20 years. His graduate studies include Harvard and Germany’s University of Tubingen. Excavations at Nor Geghi 1 and other ancient sites in Armenia are conducted in tandem with an archaeological field school run through UConn’s Office of Study Abroad.

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