STIA-310 Environmental Archeology
Spring for 2017-2018
Environmental change is an important aspect of the world we live in. Yet many of the most dramatic changes have occurred beyond the grasp of recorded history. This course will examine how environmental change, both gradual and abrupt, has impacted cultures from around the world at various times in prehistory. The focus is on what archaeology, geology, and paleoecology can teach us about how people adapt to changes in their environment. Through the analysis of selected case studies, the course will examine the impact of climate change, sea-level rise, and land use on human settlements, subsistence, and social organization. The course will explore both the physical evidence for environmental change, and the archaeological evidence for cultural response. Examples will be drawn from various ancient cultures, including those of Mexico, Greece, and California. A summary session at the end of the course will relate what we have learned about past events to possible future environmental problems and solutions.
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