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Hertford College Lecture to Explore Africa's Kalahari Desert
Oxford scholar David Thomas will give a talk titled "There Must Have Been Giants: 200,000 Years of Environmental Change and Human Occupation in the Kalahari Desert" as this year's Hertford College Lecture.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4:30 p.m., in Wilde Auditorium. If you would like to attend, please register online at anchoronline.org/Hertford-to-Hartford.
The University of Hartford has had a relationship with Oxford’s Hertford College in England for more than 20 years. That relationship includes an annual lecture by a Hertford College scholar, as well as a scholarship program for University of Hartford students to study at the College.
This year's lecture will be delivered by David Thomas, professor of geography at the University of Oxford; professorial fellow at Oxford's Hertford College; and honorary professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. A geomorphologist and Quaternary scientist, Thomas is a world-renowned expert on the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.
In the 1990s, some of the largest Stone Age hand axes ever found were discovered in the dry center of southern Africa. Today, the Kalahari Desert is home to one of Africa’s largest lakes and richest wetlands, as well as vast areas of blowing sand dunes, huge migratory animal herds, and the legendary San (Bushmen), considered by many to be the oldest culture on Earth.
Over the past 30 years, Thomas and his colleagues have shown how the region’s archaeological legacy needs to be explained in the context of 200,000 years of dramatic environmental change.