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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

Comparative Archaeology and Paleoclimatology

Socio-cultural responses to a changing world

£57.00
Editors:
Maximilian O. Baldia, Timothy K. Perttula, and Douglas S. Frink
Publication Year:
2013
Language:
English
Paperback:
317pp. Illustrated throughout
ISBN 10:
140731064X
ISBN:
9781407310640
BAR number:
S2456
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
Multidisciplinary Old and New World research, using high quality paleoenvironmental and archaeological data, looks for correlations between climatic oscillations and socio-cultural adjustments in nomadic hunter-gatherer, horticultural, sedentary agricultural, and early urbanized societies. The outright collapse of cultural systems, sometimes associated with radical climate change, is not readily demonstrated and some contributions attribute culture change primarily to human agency. Others indicate that different cultures in diverse regions and times employ varying adjustment strategies, including economic and technological innovations (i.e., agriculture, wheels, monumental architecture, metallurgy etc.) and exhibit religious and social upheaval, warfare,genocide, or migration in coping with a changing world.