Anthropology | Environmental Change Through Holocene: Human Responses to Changing Landscapes
P600 | 30139 | Raviele


Human response to environmental change has varied throughout
prehistory depending on social organization and subsistence strategy
as well as on how such changes affected the local landscape. In order
to contextualize such varied human responses, the constraints,
direction, mechanisms, and magnitudes of local, regional, and global
environmental change must first be detailed. Focusing primarily on
North America and Europe, this class examines environmental change and
human responses to that change over the past 12,000 years. Methods
employed in geography, geology, environmental science and archaeology
will be discussed to provide a holistic understanding of how past
environments are reconstructed and contextualize any associated human
responses. Students will analyze existing data derived from various
environmental reconstruction techniques, including pollen, phytolith
and starch analysis, and apply their results to archaeological data.
The course will conclude with a discussion of environmental change
today and how the techniques we have discussed throughout the semester
might be applied to understand and predict current environmental changes.