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Amerind Online Lecture: Conquerors of the Land and the Sea: The Peopling of Fuego-Patagonia


Sep 5 2020 - 11:00am

Free Online Lecture via Zoom: 

Conquerors of the Land and the Sea: The Peopling of Fuego-Patagonia (46-52°S) with Marta Alfonso-Durruty, PhD (Kansas State University)

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m., Arizona time


About 200,000 years ago, our species (Homo sapiens) emerged in Africa. A 100,000 years later, some of our ancestors moved out of Africa, and began to colonize Europe, Asia, Australia, and eventually, the Americas. Of all the regions peopled by humans, Fuego Patagonia is the furthest away from our African origins. In this, the southern-most region of the Americas, the first human occupations are dated to ~10,000 years ago and correspond to hunter gatherers that exploited inland resources. By 6,500 years ago, a new way of life, specialized in marine resources and the use of canoes, emerged. Were these groups descendant of the original terrestrial hunter gatherers or do they represent another migration into the region? Join us and learn about the latest evidence and what it reveals about the complex history of Fuego-Patagonia and the Americas at large. 


Dr. Marta Alfonso-Durruty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Kansas State University. A native Chilean, Dr. Alfonso-Durruty researches health status and degree of environmental and social adaptation of past populations. 


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