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The Resource Human impact on ancient environments, Charles L. Redman

Human impact on ancient environments, Charles L. Redman

Label
Human impact on ancient environments
Title
Human impact on ancient environments
Statement of responsibility
Charles L. Redman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. The author 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, he 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, this volume shows them to be active participants in complex and evolving ecological relationships. This book 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Redman, Charles L
Dewey number
304.2/09
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GF75
LC item number
.R42 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nature
  • Human ecology
  • Paleoecology
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Environmental degradation
  • Extinction (Biology)
Label
Human impact on ancient environments, Charles L. Redman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-234) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
40964666
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 239 pages
Isbn
9780816519620
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
99006237
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Human impact on ancient environments, Charles L. Redman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-234) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
40964666
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 239 pages
Isbn
9780816519620
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
99006237
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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