The Anthropology Colloquium Series presents "Large-Scale Canal Irrigation and Socio-Political Complexity: The Hohokam Anomaly Resolved," with speaker Robert C. Hunt, Monday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at Hibben Center, room 105.
Does only a complex society have the coercive ability to build, operate and maintain large-scale irrigation systems? For nearly a millennia, the Hohokam, though not a complex society, operated large canal irrigation systems. In terms of received wisdom, they are anomalous. Hunt describes how Hohokam irrigation could have been managed.
Hunt, professor emeritus of Anthropology Brandeis University Professor Emeritus, investigates economic and social structures, and dynamics of a broad range of human societies. He has been particularly interested in agriculture, irrigation and systems of exchange.
The colloquium is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.