Environmental Archaeology: What Is in a Name?

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

Abstract

Despite its long history, environmental archaeology today still remains beyond the unambiguous classification. This broad, capacious term is some kind of label or banner, under which different researchers undertake their studies. Definitions of it vary significantly from being a list of encompassing subdisciplines, a set of analytical techniques within archaeological science, a discipline between two realms that of science and the other of humanities concerned with the reconstruction of past environment and the interaction between human populations and that environment. We do not aspire to find or even suggest a new definition, but we would rather ask about the essence of this discipline. Hence, the aim of this short drawing is to outline the area for discussion by briefly reminding the history of environmental studies and presenting its contemporary face.

Keywords

Environmental archaeology Mainstream archaeology Integration Divide Research agenda 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Settlement ArchaeologyMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Institute of Archaeology, Adam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland

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