Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural Persistence in an Ever-Changing Environment

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Naomi F. Miller, Katherine M. Moore, Kathleen Ryan
University of Pennsylvania Press, Feb 24, 2012 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Bringing an archaeological eye to an examination of human response to unpredictable environmental conditions, this volume develops a picture of how societies perceive environmental risk, how they alter their behavior in the face of changing conditions, and under what challenges the most rapid and far-reaching changes in adaptation have taken place.

 

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Contents

Sustainable Lifeways
1
Longterm Climatic Variability and Environmental Risk in Dryland Regions
13
2 Prehistoric Pastoralists and Social Responses to Climatic Risk in East Africa
39
An East African Example
75
4 Risk and Resilience among Contemporary Pastoralists in Southwestern Iran
106
Foraging Strategies in the Levant from the Early Natufian through the Beginning of the PrePottery Neolithic B
128
6 Explaining the Structure and Timing of Formation of Pueblo I Villages in the Northern US Southwest
150
7 Mitigating Environmental Risk in the US Southwest
180
Utilizing Soil Diversity to Mitigate Rainfall Variability on the Taraco Peninsula Bolivia
212
Responses to Changing Environments by Herders and Fishers in the Formative Lake Titicaca Basin Bolivia
244
10 Periodic Volcanism Persistent Landscapes and the Archaeofaunal Record in the Jama Valley of Western Ecuador
273
Agricultural Sustainability at Gordion Turkey
310
Index
325
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At the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Naomi F. Miller is Research Project Manager in the Near East Section, Katherine M. Moore is Consulting Scholar in the American Section, and Kathleen Ryan is Consulting Scholar in the African Section.

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