Lecture | Is the Central African Rainforest Pristine?

    Feb 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    University of Nevada - Reno
    1664 N Virginia St
    NV 89557
    Lecture | Is the Central African Rainforest Pristine? @ University of Nevada - Reno

    Wednesday February 26 6:30 PM
    Wells Fargo Auditorium (Room 124)
    Matthewson-IGT Knowledge Center

    Central Africa houses the world’s second largest rainforest.
    It is currently undergoing devastating habitat destruction.
    The forest is recognized for its biological diversity and
    influences the global carbon cycle and weather patterns.
    Traditionally portrayed as a “pristine” ecosystem unable to
    support permanent human occupation until 2000 years ago,
    the Central African rainforest is often viewed as a biome that
    remained untouched until the colonial period.

    A growing body of ethnoarchaeological and archaeological
    evidence is challenging this view by showing that the forest
    is a dynamic biome that responded to both climate change
    and anthropologenic processes throughout the Holocene.

    Lupo and Schmitt have challenged the idea of a pristine
    rainforest by documenting for the first time a continuous
    human presence extending back at least 7000 years and
    identifying deforestation resulting from pre-colonial iron
    production. Their work is forcing a revision of the notion of
    pristine landscapes and highlights the roles that
    ethnoarchaeology and archaeology can play in mitigating
    current global crises.

    Sponsored by Far Western Anthropological Research Group and the UNR Anthropology Department.

    FWARG 2020 Lecture Poster


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