The Kura-Araxes Diaspora in the Zagros and Godin Tepe

When and Where

Tuesday, March 05, 2024 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Mitchell Rothman, Widener University, PA


The Kura-Araxes Diaspora in the Zagros and Godin Tepe  

Societies with very different culture and societal structure than Mesopotamia emerged at 3500 BC in the South Caucasus. It was called the Kura-Araxes, reflecting the two rivers that bounded it, or Early Transcaucasian. By 3300 BC small clans from this homeland began migrating to neighbouring areas, including the Zagros. By 2850 it reached Godin Tepe. This talk will describe the Kura-Araxes and talk specifically about what the diaspora population at Godin says about it.  

Dr. Rothman is an emeritus professor from Widener University in southeast Pennsylvania. He received his degrees at the University of Michigan, Hunter College CUNY, and the University of Pennsylvania in anthropological archaeology. He has conducted surveys and excavations in Iran, Turkey, and done his dissertation on Tepe Gawra, a site in Northeastern Iraq. His latest book is about Shengavit, a Kura-Araxes center in Armenia.  

In-Person: BF 200B, Bancroft Building (4 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto) 
Zoom link: (Meeting ID: 852 3100 3917 / Passcode: 740337)