March 06, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Ben Marsh will give the talk, "The Archaeology of Ancient Environmental Degradation in Asia Minor," Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

Marsh, who is a professor of geography and environmental studies at Bucknell University, will discuss his work with several international archaeological teams at numerous major sites in Turkey including Hattusa, Gordion, Sardis and Troy.

With his work he demonstrates that major environmental disruption is not new in these landscapes. Serious damage began over 5,000 years ago, and in fact is happening less rapidly now than in ancient times.

With the University since 1979, Marsh holds his degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz and Penn State University.

His scholarly and teaching specialties include computer mapping, landscapes of discrimination, sustainable communities, the American cultural landscape, and the human impact on the environment.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the departments of Classics, Geography, Geology, and History, and the Environmental Studies program.

Contact: Division of Communications

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