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The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change

Edited By

Gwen Robbins Schug

ISBN 9780367560386
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
552 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

1. A Bioarchaeology of Climate and Environmental Change  Gwen Robbins Schug

Part I: Good Health and Well-Being 

2. Exploring the Third Epidemiological Transition: Palaeopathology's contribution to understanding health and well-being today and for the future  Charlotte A. Roberts

3. Disease in the Context of Environmental Change  Molly K. Zuckerman & Ashley C. Dafoe 

4. Living on the edge: Climate-induced micronutrient famines in the ancient Atacama Desert?  Annie Marie E. Snoddy, Charlotte L. King, Siân E. Halcrow, Andrew R. Millard, Hallie R. Buckley, Vivien G. Standen, & Bernardo T. Arriaza

5. Climate change and adaptive systems in Bronze Age Gansu, China  Elizabeth Berger & Hui Wang

6. Resources, stress, and response in Viking Age Iceland  Guðný Zoëga & Kimmarie A. Murphy 

7. Respiratory disease in the Middle Nile Valley: The impact of environment and aridification  Anna M. Davies-Barrett, Daniel Antoine, & Charlotte A. Roberts

8. Health and disease at the marshes: Deciphering human-environmental interactions at Roman Aventicum, Switzerland (1st-3rd century AD)  Chryssa Bourbou 

Part II: Socioeconomic and Gender Equality, no Poverty, or Hunger

9. A bioarchaeology of social inequality and environmental change  Kenneth C. Nystrom & Gwen Robbins Schug 

10. Urban environments: Demography, epidemiology, and the role of climate change in determining health outcomes  Sharon N. DeWitte

11. Social variation in an urban environment and its impacts on stress: Preliminary results from ancient Greek Himera (Sicily)  Britney Kyle & Laurie Reitsema 

12. Biocultural aspects of culture contact, exchange, and population movements in Cyprus  Anna J. Osterholtz

13. Resilience and change: A biocultural view of a Bedouin population in the emerging modern Middle East  Megan A. Perry & Emily Edwards 

14. A bioarchaeology of madness: Modernity, pellagra, and the rise of the manicomio system in the Veneto Region of Italy  Megan Miller, Gwen Robbins Schug, Luca Pagani, & Nicola Carrara

Part III: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions 

15. Making sense of violence and environmental change in Europe  Rebecca Redfern 

16. The climate change-witch execution connection: Living with environmental uncertainty on the Colorado Plateau (AD 800–1350)  Debra L. Martin & Ryan P. Harrod 

17. Biological and cultural adaptations to climate change in prehistoric central California  Marin A. Pilloud, Al W. Schwitalla, & Kristen A. Broehl

18. Environmental, behavioral, and bodily change: Violence in the Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000–1450), North Chile  Christina Torres-Rouff 

19. A diachronic view of violent relations and environmental change in the Titicaca Basin, Bolivia  Sara L. Juengst

20. Violence and climate change in the Jōmon period, Japan  Hisashi Nakao, Tomomi Nakagawa, Kohei Tamura, Yuji Yamaguchi, Naoko Matsumoto, & Takehiko Matsugi 

Part IV: Life on Land

21. Slouching toward the Neolithic: Complexity, simplification, and resilience in the Japanese Archipelago  Mark James Hudson 

22. A bioarchaeological perspective on trauma incidence in high altitude environments, Nepal  Jacqueline T. Eng & Mark Aldenderfer

23. Climate and activity in Middle Holocene Siberia  Angela R. Lieverse 

24. Aridity and adaptation among Arabian Bronze Age communities: Investigating mobility and climate change using isotope analysis  Lesley A. Gregoricka

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  Adam W. Schneider, Andrew Somerville, O. Dilek Erdal, Yilmaz S. Erdal, & Guillermo Algaze

26. Environmental dynamics and stable isotopic signatures in early Inner Asian Steppe communities  Michelle Hrivnyak & Jacqueline T. Eng 

27. Human-animal entanglement and climate change: Multi-species approaches in Remote Oceania  Judith Littleton, Gina McFarlane, & Melinda S. Allen

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Gwen Robbins Schug is Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University, USA.