Geoarchaeology: Human adaptation to landscape changes, landscape resilience to human impact and integrating palaeoenvironmental and archaeological records

Sjoerd J. Kluiving, Julie A. Durcan, Wiebke Bebermeier, Robyn Inglis, Vanessa M.A. Heyvaert, Andy Howard, Lisa Marie Shillito

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Abstract

This special issue covers the EGU 2016 session GM6.2/SSS3.10
‘Geoarchaeology: Human adaptation to landscape changes, landscape
resilience to human impact and integrating palaeoenvironmental and
archaeological records’. This session in Vienna received a high number
of abstracts with 32 submitted, comprising 11 oral and 21 poster presentations.
This session was supported by the IAG - International
Working Group on Geoarchaeology. Currently human-climate-environment
interactions are a key research theme within Quaternary
Science, Geomorphology and Environmental Archaeology communities
(Bebermeier et al, 2012; Bebermeier et al, 2013; Diskin et al, 2013;
Engel and Bruckner, 2014; Kluiving and Guttmann-Bond, 2012;
Kluiving et al, 2012; Kluiving et al, 2015; Kluiving et al, 2017; Knitter
et al, 2015; Verstraeten, 2013; Wilson, 2011).
The aim of this session was highlight geoarchaeological best practice
when considering the question of how to analyse and deal with
uncertainties in data. This session welcomed papers from individuals or
groups that use geoarchaeological approaches to explore past landscape
evolution, geomorphological processes, human impact and system response,
as well as issues of landscape resilience and human adaptation.
This session invited papers which discuss methodological and theoretical
approaches to integrating palaeoenvironmental and archaeological
records, or which present case studies of this multi-disciplinary approach
in action. Themes may include the impacts of environmental
change on human development, and also how humans have influenced
the environment. Approaches which effectively link multi-scalar datasets
were encouraged.
From this session nine thought-provoking and diverse papers are
presented here, from individuals and groups that use a variety of
geoarchaeological approaches and techniques to consider past landscape
evolution, geomorphological processes and system response to
natural and anthropogenic drivers. The papers in this volume are ordered
geographically from east to west: India (Durcan et al, in this
issue), Jordan (Meister et al, in this issue), Egypt (Hamden et al, in this
issue), Turkey, (Stock et al, in this issue), Italy, (Aucelli et al, in this
issue), The Netherlands (Pierik and Van Lanen, 2019; Van Lanen and
Pierik, 2019), France (Contreras et al, in this issue) and Gibraltar
(Doerschner et al, in this issue).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-271
Number of pages3
JournalQuaternary International
Volume501
Issue numberPart B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2019

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Available online 11 March 2019

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