Middle East scholar discusses evidence of climate change in Egypt

Kathleen Nicoll, a geography professor who is affiliated with the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, will discuss "Geoarchaeology and Climate Change in Southern Egypt" in a free lecture on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Paulus Lecture Hall at the Willamette University College of Law.

Today, Saharan North Africa is extremely arid — but there is abundant evidence that climate conditions were once much more hospitable, supporting some vegetation and a population of hunter-gatherers. 

Nicoll will review her findings from investigations across the desert, including geoarchaeological studies at several Middle Stone Age sites, Neolithic settlements and ancient lake and sand dune deposits. During the lecture, Nicoll will explore when this landscape dried up, what happened to the population, and how the shift in climate relates to the rise of the pharaohs along the Nile Valley.

The event is co-sponsored by Willamette's Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Thanks to an AIA Outreach Grant, American Sign Language interpretation is available by request by calling 503-370-6654.