Robert Chadwick, Archeologist & Historian

Monday, March 02, 2015 at 2:00 PM

"Cats & Dogs and the Origins of Civilization"

A Special Invitation to all Cat and Dog Lovers: The Canadian Club of the Yamaska Valley invites all cat and dog lovers to attend its upcoming meeting on March 2nd when archeologist and historian, Dr. Robert Chadwick will give an illustrated talk entitled “Cats & Dogs and the History of Civilization”

The development of complex societies—what we call “Civilization”— is humanity’s greatest and most far-reaching accomplishment.  Until recently researchers believed that humans alone were responsible for the great changes that began at the end of the last Ice Age, more than 12,000 years ago, and transformed our species from hunters and gatherers into farmers and city dwellers.  However, new genetic and archeological research indicates that our two favourite household pets, cats and dogs, were key players in the agricultural revolution and the changes that brought about the rise of the first civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt more than fifty centuries ago.  Dr. Chadwick has taught the history and archeology of the ancient Near East for many years. at John Abbott College, in a number of universities including McGill, Concordia, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke and, most recently, at Bishops University.  His archeological fieldwork spans four decades and he is currently the co-director of excavations at the site of Khirbat al-Mudayna in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Dr. Chadwick has published a number of articles in archaeological and historical journals as well as a university level textbook entitled, “First Civilizations: ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt.”  Drawing on his knowledge of ancient astronomy and archaeology his most recent book, Buster and the Magic Star: a cat and dog adventure story— is a fictionalized account of a young cat named Buster who becomes lost in the woods of the Tomifobia River Valley


His presentation will take place on Monday, March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Auberge West Brome, 128, Route 139, West Brome, Quebec.  All are welcome.  The admission fee for non-members is $10.


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