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Speaker to Address ‘Horseback Riding, Chariots, and Ancient Warfare’

UPublish story by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — David Anthony, professor of anthropology at Hartwick College in New York, will present “Horseback Riding, Chariots, and Ancient Warfare” on Monday, Oct. 22, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). An open reception with beverages and snacks will be held in the foyer outside the lecture room after the presentation.

All new technologies carry a social agenda, introducing social changes that often were unanticipated by the inventors. Innovations in transportation technology have particularly profound effects on economics, trade, travel, social organization, and warfare. In this talk, Anthony reviews recent archaeological discoveries in the Eurasian steppes related to the invention of horseback riding and chariotry, which he argues were first developed by tribal herders in the steppes and only later diffused to the civilizations of the Near East, China, and South Asia, where both innovations caused significant changes in warfare between ancient states. Their effects in the steppes were quite different.

Anthony’s lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail (

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