(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is pleased to welcome Dr. David W. Anthony who will present “The Invention of High-Speed Transport: Horses, Wheels, and Chariots” on Tuesday, October 2 from 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm in RCTC’s Hill Theater.

Riding a horse was the fastest a human could go over land until the invention of the steam engine. New archaeological and genetic evidence suggests that horses were domesticated in the Russian steppes before 3500 BC. And in the same grassland region, chariots were invented around 2000 BC. Chariots were the first vehicles specifically designed for speed and maneuverability, and they quickly spread beyond the steppes and revolutionized ancient warfare from Egypt to China. Dr. Anthony will describe new discoveries of horses, wheels, and chariots from the Russian steppes.

Dr. Anthony is an archaeologist of the Eurasian steppes and eastern Europe, specializing in Copper and Bronze Age societies, with publications on Indo-European linguistics and links between archaeology and language; Eurasian steppe pastoral economies and the evolution of steppe pastoralism; horse domestication, the invention of the chariot, and the effects of innovation in transportation; gender and initiation rites; and the study of ancient DNA in Eurasian steppe populations. His 2007 book, The Horse, the Wheel, and Language, written at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, won the 2010 Society for American Archaeology prize for best scientific book. With the team of David Reich at Harvard Medical School, Anthony was co-author of two nature articles on Bronze Age migrations out of the Eurasian steppes thought to represent the initial separation of the Indo-European languages, based on ancient DNA. Anthony continues to acquire and collaborate on new ancient DNA samples from the steppes.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact RCTC instructor, catherine.egenberger@rctc.edu.

Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.

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