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Surviving Sudden Environmental Change

Answers From Archaeology

edited by Jago Cooper and Payson Sheets

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"This set of case studies is a good starting point for academics, students, and colleagues in other sciences. And the promise for future research is enormous."
—Brian Fagan, American Antiquity


Archaeologists have long encountered evidence of natural disasters through excavation and stratigraphy. In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change, case studies examine how eight different past human communities—ranging from Arctic to equatorial regions, from tropical rainforests to desert interiors, and from deep prehistory to living memory—faced and coped with such dangers.

Many disasters originate from a force of nature, such as an earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, drought, or flood. But that is only half of the story; decisions of people and their particular cultural lifeways are the rest. Sociocultural factors are essential in understanding risk, impact, resilience, reactions, and recoveries from massive sudden environmental changes. By using deep-time perspectives provided by interdisciplinary approaches, this book provides a rich temporal background to the human experience of environmental hazards and disasters. In addition, each chapter is followed by an abstract summarizing the important implications for today's management practices and providing recommendations for policy makers.

Contributors: David A. Abbott, John Marty Anderies, Andrew Dugmore, Ben Fitzhugh, Michelle Hegmon, Scott E. Ingram, Keith W. Kintigh, Ann P. Kinzig, Timothy Kohler, Stephanie Kulow, Emily McClung de Tapia, Thomas H. McGovern, Cathryn Meegan, Ben A. Nelson, Margaret C. Nelson, Tate Paulette, Matthew A. Peeples, Jeffrey Quilter, Charles L. Redman, Daniel H. Sandweiss, Katherine A. Spielmann, Colleen A. Strawhacker, Orri Vésteinsson

 Publication supported in part by the National Science Foundation. A free ebook is available for environmental managers and others worldwide who might not otherwise have access to this book. Editions for other readers and apps (Kindle, Nook, iBook, Android etc.), are also available for purchase from your preferred ebook vendor.
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Jago Cooper is an Arts and Humanities Research Council research associate and lectures at the Institute for Archaeology, University College London.

Payson Sheets is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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  • Paperback Price: $21.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60732-167-5
  • Publication Month: February
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Illustrations: 22 b&w photos, 6 line drawings, 9 maps, 1 table
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Jago Cooper and Payson Sheets
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