Organized Violence and the Archeology of War – Yılmaz Selim Erdal

Debates on the existence and causes of violence among human populations and between individuals date back to the 16th century. While some researchers accept that the concepts of settled life, agriculture, and private property were influential in the emergence of organized violence, archaeological studies conducted in the Near East, especially in Anatolia, show that the establishment of the central authority shaped the occurrence of organized violence. We will further delve into these issues in this lecture.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Yilmaz Selim Erdal, Ankara University

Language: Turkish

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Yılmaz Selim Erdal completed his graduate education at Hacettepe University after receiving his undergraduate education at A.Ü.DTCF. He is currently a faculty member at Hacettepe University, Department of Anthropology. He continues his research on human skeletal remains in order to understand past societies, their lifestyles and adaptation patterns to the environment. Participated in more than 40 archaeological excavations; He has published interdisciplinary studies evaluating ancient human societies, especially Anatolia, from a bioarchaeological point of view. He is the founder of Hacettepe University Skeletal Biology Laboratory and the ancient DNA laboratories known as Hacettepe University Molecular Anthropology Group. Transition to settled life, domestication of plants and animals and organized violence are among the working areas.

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