Humans and the Environment: New Archaeological Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century

Hardcover | July 20, 2013

EditorMatthew I. J. Davies, Freda Nkirote MMbogori

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The environment has always been a central concept for archaeologists and, although it has been conceived in many ways, its role in archaeological explanation has fluctuated from a mere backdrop to human action, to a primary factor in the understanding of society and social change. Archaeologyalso has a unique position as its base of interest places it temporally between geological and ethnographic timescales, spatially between global and local dimensions, and epistemologically between empirical studies of environmental change and more heuristic studies of cultural practice. Drawing on data from across the globe at a variety of temporal and spatial scales, this volume resituates the way in which archaeologists use and apply the concept of the environment. Each chapter critically explores the potential for archaeological data and practice to contribute to modernenvironmental issues, including problems of climate change and environmental degradation. Overall the volume covers four basic themes: archaeological approaches to the way in which both scientists and locals conceive of the relationship between humans and their environment, applied environmentalarchaeology, the archaeology of disaster, and new interdisciplinary directions.The volume will be of interest to students and established archaeologists, as well as practitioners from a range of applied disciplines.

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The environment has always been a central concept for archaeologists and, although it has been conceived in many ways, its role in archaeological explanation has fluctuated from a mere backdrop to human action, to a primary factor in the understanding of society and social change. Archaeologyalso has a unique position as its base of in...

Matthew Davies is currently Fellow in East African Archaeology at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge. He directs archaeological and ethnographic research projects in Kenya, Uganda, and the Southern Sudan. His primary interests lie in long-term human ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of figuresList of tablesContributorsSection 1: Archaeology and Environment1. Matthew Davies: Environment in North American and European archaeology2. Olena Symyntna: Environment in Soviet and post-Soviet ArchaeologySection 2: Environment as Artefact3. William Balee: Indigeneity of Past Landscape Transformations of the Tropics4. Matthew Davies: Forced Moves or just Good Moves? Rethinking environmental decision making among East African intensive cultivators5. Danae Fiore, Angelica Tivoli, Atilio Francisco Zangrando: Is the Environment Good to Eat or Good to Paint? Faunal consumption and avoidance among hunter-gatherer-fishers in the Beagle Channel Region (Tierra del Fuego, South America)6. Alexandre Chevalier: From Ecological Constraints To Cultural Identities: Pre-Columbian attitudes toward food7. Fiona Dyason: Burning the Bush: the development of Australia s Southwest Botanical ProvinceSection 3: Environmental narratives and applied archaeology8. Christian Isendahl, Walter Sanchez, Sergio Calla, Marco Irahola, Dagner Salvatierra and Marcelo Ticona: Archaeology's Potential to Contribute to Pools of Agronomic Knowledge: a case of applied agro-achaeology in the Bolivian Yungas9. Ann Kendall: Applied Archaeology in the Andes: the contribution of pre-Hispanic agricultural terracing to environmental and rural development strategies10. Daryl Stump: The role of Agricultural and Environmental History in East African Developmental Discourse11. Kristin Armstrong Oma: Past and Present Farming: changes in terms of engagementSection 4: Environment, disaster, and memory12. Karen Holmberg: An Inheritance of Loss: Archaeology's imagination of disaster13. Katherine Leckie: Nature, Identity, and Disaster: prehistoric lake dwelling in Central Europe. 14. Peter Rudiak-Gould: Memories and Expectations of Environmental Disaster: some lessons from the Marshall Islands15. David G. Anderson, Kirk A. Maasch, and Daniel H. Sandweiss: Climate Change and Cultural Dynamics: lessons from the past for the futureSection 5: New Directions16. James Fairhead: Archaeology and Environmental Anthropology: collaborations in historical and political ecology17. Carole L. Crumley: The Archaeology of Global Environment Change18. Chris Gosden: Humanised EnvironmentsBibliographyIndex