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The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change

Edited by: Gwen Robbins Schug

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138492486
eBook ISBN: 9781351030465
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This handbook examines human responses to climatic and environmental changes in the past,and  their impacts on disease patterns, nutritional status, migration, and interpersonal violence. Bioarchaeology?the study of archaeological human skeletons?provides direct evidence of the human experience of past climate and environmental changes and serves as an important complement to paleoclimate, historical, and archaeological approaches to changes we may expect with global warming.

Comprising 27 chapters from experts across a broad range of time periods and geographical regions, this book addresses hypotheses about how climate and environmental changes impact human health and well-being, factors that promote resilience, and circumstances that make migration or interpersonal violence a more likely outcome. The volume highlights the potential relevance of bioarchaeological analysis to contemporary challenges by organizing the chapters into a framework outlined by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Planning for a warmer world requires knowledge about humans as biological organisms with a deep connection to Earth's ecosystems balanced by an appreciation of how historical and socio-cultural circumstances, socioeconomic inequality, degrees of urbanization, community mobility, and social institutions play a role in shaping long-term outcomes for human communities.?

Containing a wealth of nuanced perspectives about human-environmental relations, book is key reading for students of environmental archaeology, bioarchaeology, and the history of disease. By providing a longer view of contemporary challenges, it may also interest readers in public health, public policy, and planning.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  A bioarchaeology of climate and environmental change Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Exploring the third “epidemiological transition” Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Disease in the context of environmental change Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Living on the edge Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Climate change and adaptive systems in Bronze Age Gansu, China Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Resources, stress, and response in late Viking Age Iceland Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Respiratory disease in the Middle Nile Valley Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Health and disease at the marshes Download PDF
Chapter  9:  A bioarchaeology of social inequality and environmental change Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Urban environments Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Social variation in an urban environment and its impacts on stress Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Biocultural aspects of culture contact, exchange, and population movements in Cyprus Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Resilience and change Download PDF
Chapter  14:  A bioarchaeology of madness Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Making sense of violence and environmental change in Europe Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The climate change–witch execution connection Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Biological and cultural adaptations to climate change in prehistoric central California Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Environmental, behavioral, and bodily change Download PDF
Chapter  19:  A diachronic view of violent relations and environmental change in the Titicaca Basin, Bolivia Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Violence and climate change in the Jōmon period, Japan Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Slouching toward the Neolithic Download PDF
Chapter  22:  A bioarchaeological perspective on trauma incidence in high-altitude environments, Nepal Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Climate and activity in Middle Holocene Siberia Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Aridity and adaptation among Arabian Bronze Age communities Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Stable carbon and oxygen isotope evidence for late third millennium BCE environmental and social change at Titriş Höyük, an Early Bronze Age urban center in the Lower Turkish Euphrates watershed Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Environmental dynamics and stable isotopic signatures in early Inner Asian Steppe communities Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Human–animal entanglements and environmental change Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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