New PDF release: Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology

By Elizabeth J. Reitz, Lee A. Newsom, Sylvia J. Scudder

ISBN-10: 0387713026

ISBN-13: 9780387713021

ISBN-10: 0387713034

ISBN-13: 9780387713038

The function of Case reports in Environmental Archaeology is to spotlight stories addressing major anthropological concerns within the Americas from the viewpoint of environmental archaeology. Environmental archaeology encompasses the applying of organic and geological ideas to the research of human/environmental interactions. each one bankruptcy is an unique or revised paintings via internationally-recognized geoarchaeologists, human biologists, paleoethnobotanists, and zooarchaeologists. each one research demonstrates how and why the data bought utilizing environmental recommendations is necessary to anthropologists rather than describing, critiquing, or advocating a mode. those ethnographic, geological, and organic case reports effectively show the appliance of environmental technological know-how towards the solution of questions on the topic of human habit within the past.

This moment variation is predicated at the 1996 ebook of an analogous identify. The editors have invited again a few individuals from the 1st version to revise and replace their bankruptcy. in addition they have incorporated new reports in an effort to conceal contemporary advancements within the box or extra pertinent issues. it's also a separate index directory the medical and vernacular names of vegetation and animals referenced within the volume.

These case reviews current examples from websites in North the USA, the Caribbean, and South the USA. the various key themes addressed during this distinctive quantity include:

Systemic relationships among humans and the actual environments and paleoenvironments during which they live

Relationships between landscapes, source use, residential styles, and political alliances

Issues regarding human food, wellbeing and fitness, mobility, sedentism, plant and animal domestication, vitamin, and trade

Subsistence thoughts and source availability

Intra-community social family members, rural/urban relationships, ethnic id, and the advance of social complexity

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However, environmental archaeologists must not become so focused on the rigors of their discipline that they neglect the broader implications of their research. Balancing methodology and interpretation is difficult, but these case studies show that achieving this goal is possible and worth the effort. It is not the aim of these chapters to describe environmental materials or critique the ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY 17 biases and methodologies of environmental archaeology. Ample literature is available for studies traditionally encompassed within environmental archaeology and these are cited where appropriate.

Elite colonists in colonial New Mexico asserted their identity in part through the transfer and use of wheat, rather than the better-adapted indigenous maize (Zea mays) (Trigg 2004). Environmental historical archaeologists have until recently paid less attention to the consequences of colonization among non-European groups in the Americas than to those that affected the European newcomers. Studies oriented toward non-Europeans, however, have provided surprising insights. Assessments of Native American subsistence patterns in villages (Reitz 1991) and missions (Newsom 1987; Newsom and Quitmyer 1992; Reitz 1990, 1993; Ruhl 1990; Scarry 1993), for example, indicate that relatively little significant change can be documented in post-contact Native American subsistence as a consequence of European influence in the southeastern United States.

Much of the success of environmental archaeology in American historicperiod sites appears to depend on the identification of those aspects of globally relevant research questions that can be uniquely informed by the integration of environmental and behavioral information from documents, literary and artistic sources, plants, animals, artifacts, and soils. It has also depended on the development and incorporation of methodologies that explicitly recognize and incorporate the differences in human uses of the environment in the “modern” world of America from those of pre-Columbian societies.

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