Climate Change and Cultural Dynamics

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Publisher  Academic Press
Publication Date   October 26, 2007
ISBN  0120883902
Pages  602

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The Middle Holocene epoch (8,000 to 3,000 years ago) was a time of dramatic changes in the physical world and in human cultures. Across this span, climatic conditions changed rapidly, with cooling in the high to mid-latitudes and drying in the tropics. In many parts of the world, human groups became more complex, with early horticultural systems replaced by intensive agriculture and small-scale societies being replaced by larger, more hierarchial organizations. Climate Change and Cultural Dynamics explores the cause and effect relationship between climatic change and cultural transformations across the mid-Holocene (c. 4000 B.C.).

  • Explores the role of climatic change on the development of society around the world
  • Chapters detail diverse geographical regions
  • Co-written by noted archaeologists and paleoclimatologists for non-specialists

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