Smiti Nathan

Department of Anthropology
New York University


Research Interests:

My scientific interests focus on examining plant cultivation practices of ancient cultures and peoples around the Indian Ocean region. For my dissertation, I am investigating the emergence of horticulture and oasis agriculture in the Omani interior during the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3100 BCE – 2200 BCE). I specifically examine wood charcoal (e.g. Ziziphus, Acacia, Arecaceae) at various archaeological sites in order to determine their past use and function. In addition to my dissertation, I conduct research in northeastern Ethiopia looking at food choices and their cultural and environmental implications during the Aksumite Empire (50 BCE – 700 CE).