Historical Archaeology and Environment

  • Marcos André Torres de Souza
  • Diogo Menezes Costa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Marcos André Torres de Souza, Diogo Menezes Costa
    Pages 1-15
  3. Conceptual Frameworks

  4. Studies on Environmental Historical Archaeology

  5. Historical Archaeology and the Anthropocene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Susan Lawrence, Peter Davies
      Pages 229-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-272

About this book


This edited volume gathers contributions focused on understanding the environment through the lens of Historical Archaeology. Pressing issues such as climate change, global warming, the Anthropocene and loss of biodiversity have pushed scholars from different areas to examine issues related to the causes, processes, and consequences of these phenomena. While traditional barriers between natural and social sciences have been torn down, these issues have gradually occupied a central place in the field of anthropology. As archaeology involves the transdisciplinary study of cultural and natural evidence related to the past, it is in a privileged position to discuss the historical depth of some of the processes related to environment that are deeply affecting the world today. 

This volume brings together substantial and comprehensive contributions to the understanding of the environment in a historical perspective along three lines of inquiry: 

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the environment in Historical Archaeology
  •  Studies on environmental Historical Archaeology
  •  Historical Archaeology and the Anthropocene

Historical Archaeology and Environment will be of interest to researchers in both social and environmental sciences, working in different disciplines and research areas, such as archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, climate change studies, environmental analysis and sustainable development studies.


Environmental change Historical archaeology Environmental archaeology Environmental history Environmental studies Human activity and environmental change Climate change Global warming Anthropocene Loss of biodiversity Indigenous understandings of environment and nature

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcos André Torres de Souza
    • 1
  • Diogo Menezes Costa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, Museu NacionalFederal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Graduate Program in AnthropologyFederal University of ParáBelémBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90856-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90857-1
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