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Archaeologist discusses prehistoric city

Oct. 18, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The development of a prehistoric society in northeast Pakistan is the topic of a free and open lecture Monday, Oct. 22, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Rita Wright, professor of archaeology at New York University, will focus on the archaeological site of Harappa, an ancient city in the Indus Valley believed to have had about 40,000 residents from 3200 to 1700 B.C. Her speech, "Urbanism in the Indus Civilization: The City of Harappa and its Hinterlands" will be at 7 p.m. in room 1710 of Wood Hall.

While on campus, she will also speak on "Technology and Gender in Archaeological Perspective: The View from South and Southwest Asia" during another free and open lecture Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2212 of Sangren Hall.

The author of works such as "Prehistory of Urbanism" and "Digging Women," Wright also is the editor "Gender and Archaeology." Her research incorporates theoretical elements from Marxism, political economies and feminist archaeology.

She is assistant director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project, director of the Beas Valley Regional Survey and a member of the Center for the Study of Human Origins.

For more information, contact Allen Zagarell at allen.zagarell@wmich.edu or (269) 387 3978.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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