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Human Impact on Ancient Environments

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Threats to biodiversity, food shortages, urban sprawl . . . lessons for environmental problems that confront us today may well be found in the past. The archaeological record contains hundreds of situations in which societies developed long-term sustainable relationships with their environments—and thousands in which the relationships were destructive. Charles Redman demonstrates that much can be learned from an improved understanding of peoples who, through seemingly rational decisions, degraded their environments and threatened their own survival. By discussing archaeological case studies from around the world—from the deforestation of the Mayan lowlands to soil erosion in ancient Greece to the almost total depletion of resources on Easter Island—Redman reveals the long-range coevolution of culture and environment and clearly shows the impact that ancient peoples had on their world. These case studies focus on four themes: habitat transformation and animal extinctions, agricultural practices, urban growth, and the forces that accompany complex society. They show that humankind's commitment to agriculture has had cultural consequences that have conditioned our perception of the environment and reveal that societies before European contact did not necessarily live the utopian existences that have been popularly supposed. Whereas most books on this topic tend to treat human societies as mere reactors to environmental stimuli, Redman's volume shows them to be active participants in complex and evolving ecological relationships. Human Impact on Ancient Environments demonstrates how archaeological research can provide unique insights into the nature of human stewardship of the Earth and can permanently alter the way we think about humans and the environment.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-234) and index.

About the Author

Charles L. Redman is Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University.

Table of Contents

Lessons from a prehistoric "Eden" — Attitudes toward the environment — Concepts that organize our thoughts — Animal exploitation: the prehistoric loss of habitat and biodiversity — The impact of agrarian systems — The growth of world urbanism — Forces that grew with society — The past as prologue.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816519637
Author:
Redman, Charles L.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson :
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Environmental degradation
Subject:
Paleoecology
Subject:
Environmental archaeology.
Subject:
Extinction (Biology) -- History.
Subject:
Extinction
Subject:
Human ecology -- History.
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- History.
Subject:
Archaeology, Environmental History
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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