Travel the ancient Silk Road with an archaeologist researching a revolutionary 

Nomadic pastoralists, far from being irrelevant outliers, may have helped shape 
civilizations at continental scale.  Drawing on his exciting 
technology-enhanced field work, Michael Frachetti shows how rethinking the very 
essence of the word “civilization” helps us recast our understanding of 
regional political economies through time and discover the unexpected roots of 
one of the world’s most extensive and long-standing social and economic 
networks – the Silk Road that connected Asia to Europe.

Archaeologist Michael Frachetti is an Associate Professor with the Department 
of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis and author of Pastoralist 
Landscapes and Social Interaction in Bronze Age Eurasia (2009).

"Open Source Civilization and the Unexpected Origins of the Silk Road," Michael 
Frachetti, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, 7pm, MONDAY, February 
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