Speaker Series


  • Sept 20 2018

    New Histories of Village Life at Crystal River

    Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7-8 PM
    Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Ph.D., Professor, University of South Florida

    New Histories of Village Life at Crystal River
    Today, more than half of the earth’s 7 billion people live in cities, and we take the benefits—and challenges—of urban life as a given. But the vast majority of human history was lived in communities of much smaller size. For social and biological scientists, the decision our ancestors made to begin living in larger communities is part of the larger puzzle of the evolution of cooperation: why and how did individuals choose to subsume their self-interests to those of larger social groups? In eastern North America, villages became common in the Woodland period, from around 1000 BC to AD 1050. Among the more prominent of these was the village that developed at the famous Crystal River site, north of Tampa. Recent research at Crystal River contributes to our understanding of the way villages form, grow, and eventually dissolve



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