Holocene Human Ecology in Northeastern North America

  • George P. Nicholas

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction: Human Behavior and Holocene Ecology

  3. The Context of Human Adaptation

  4. People on the Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-106
    2. William A. Patterson III, Kenneth E. Sassaman
      Pages 107-135
    3. Mitchell T. Mulholland
      Pages 137-166
  5. Long-Term Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-184
    2. George P. Nicholas
      Pages 257-296
    3. George P. Nicholas
      Pages 297-304
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 305-319

About this book


Students of human behavior have always been interested in the relationship between human populations and their environment. Decades of research not only have illuminated the backdrop against which culture is viewed, but have identi­ fied many of the conditions that influence or promote technological develop­ ment, social transformation, and economic reorganization. It has become in­ creaSingly evident, however, that if we are to explore more forcefully the linkages between culture and environment, a processual orientation is required. This is found in human ecology-the study of the relationship between people and the ecosystem of which they are a part. This book is a collection of papers about the recent and distant past by scientists and humanists involved in the study of human ecology in northeastern North America. The authors critically examine the systemic interface between people and their environment first by identifying the indicators of that rela­ tionship (e.g., historical documentation, archaeological site patterning, faunal remains), then by defining the processes by which change in one part of the ecosystem affects other parts (e.g., by conSidering how an ecotonal gradient affects biotic communities over time), and finally by explicating the behavioral implications thereof.


Holocene Vor- und Frühgeschichte faunal remains human ecology landscape paleoenvironmental prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • George P. Nicholas
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Research DepartmentAmerican Indian Archaeological InstituteWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-2378-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2376-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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