Revisiting Prehistory

This is a review/addon course to the Human Evolution and Prehistory Certificate Course (which can still be accessed via its recordings (<a href=”https://www.instucen.com/courses/human-evolution-prehistory/”>https://www.instucen.com/courses/human-evolution-prehistory/</a>). We will be talking about the latest data in Human Evolution and Ape evolution esp the use of Nuclear DNA and Proteins, we will also be talking about the authors of the Middle Palaeolithic and the multiple possibilities which have emerged in the recent years. We will be looking at the advent of modern humans into Asia, Australasia and Europe at dates much earlier than we have seen so fr and the rammifications of that on Prehistory. We will finally be looking at the Mesolithic transitions and the transition into the NEolithic/Chalcolithic asking questions about why it happened when it happened and why it happened where it happened as also the crucial question Why did it not happen everywhere?

<strong>Syllabus</strong>
1. Introducing Prehistory and its nomenclature
2. Dispelling Myths, What DNA has been digging up.
3. Reworking the Lower/Middle Palaeo and blurring the boundaries between Modes 1, 2 &amp; 3
4. Gobekli Tepe – the oldest known ‘Temple Complex’ in the world
5. Upper Palaeolithic, Epipalaeolithic and Mesolithic their relationships with one another and their relationship with Nomadic Pastoralism and Neolithic farmers

<strong>About The Speaker</strong>
<strong>Kurush F Dalal</strong> has a BA in Ancient Indian History and History from the University of Mumbai, an MA in Archaeology as well as a PhD on the Early Iron Age in Rajasthan, both from Deccan College, Pune University. Subsequently he shifted focus to the Early Medieval Period predominantly on the West Coast of India and excavated the sites of Sanjan, Chandore and Mandad. These excavations and the data recovered have had a strong impact on scholarship in the region. The recent Mandad excavations have revealed a brand new hitherto unknown Indo-Roman Port site with antecedents going back even further. Dr. Dalal also actively works on Memorial Stones and Ass-curse Stones in India and dabbles in Numismatics, Defence Archaeology, Architecture, Ethnoarchaeology and allied disciplines.
He is the Co-Director of the Salsette Explorations Project, a massive Urban Archaeology Project documenting the Archaeology of Mumbai since 2015, thus extending his interest from the Medieval into the Colonial Period. He has published over 35 papers and has read many more at National and International Seminars. He is a visiting lecturer at various Universities, Colleges, Schools and Government Institutions. He taught archaeology and allied subjects at the University of Mumbai for 10 years. He has recently blended his passion for food and archaeology into a research in Culinary Anthropology and Food Archaeology. He runs a very successful course called The Studying Food Workshop teaching food beyond the usual topics. He has made the most of the lockdown teaching via Instagram Lives and by teaching at various online platforms like Mythopia and INSTUCEN.

1
Introduction to Prehistory
1:45
2
Dispelling Myths, What DNA has been digging up
1:37
3
Reworking the Lower/Middle paleo and blurring the boundaries between Modes 1, 2 and 3
1:30
4
Gobekli Tepe: the oldest known ‘temple complex’ in the world
1:30
5
Upper Palaeolithic, Epipalaeolithic and Mesolithic their relationships with one another and their relationship with Nomadic Pastoralism and Neolithic farmers
1:46

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