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John Arthur, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Florida, will discuss “Potters, Consumers, and Caste in Southwestern Ethiopia.” This ethnoarchaeological study examines how the caste system in Gamo society affects both potters and consumers as they produce and use pottery during their daily living. The Gamo who live in the highlands of southwestern Ethiopia overlooking the Great Rift Valley have a strict caste system that places artisans, such as potters, in a lower caste group. This dichotomy between artisans and non-artisans affects all aspects of peoples’ lives from the types of food they eat, where people live, what types of materials they use, and how they can participate in their society. By researching the ceramic ethnoarchaeology of both artisans and consumers, this research hopes to aid the archaeological interpretation of community identity. The Richard Lobban Family Endowed Lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Archaeology Society of Staten Island and Wagner College’s Anthropology Department.