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Climate Change and Cultural Dynamics

A Global Perspective on Mid-Holocene Transitions

  • 1st Edition - October 12, 2007
  • Editors: David G. Anderson, Kirk Maasch, Daniel H. Sandweiss
  • Language: English
  • Hardback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 1 2 - 0 8 8 3 9 0 - 5
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 0 8 - 0 5 5 4 5 5 - 6

The Middle Holocene epoch (8,000 to 3,000 years ago) was a time of dramatic changes in the physical world and in human cultures. Across this span, climatic conditions changed… Read more

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The Middle Holocene epoch (8,000 to 3,000 years ago) was a time of dramatic changes in the physical world and in human cultures. Across this span, climatic conditions changed rapidly, with cooling in the high to mid-latitudes and drying in the tropics. In many parts of the world, human groups became more complex, with early horticultural systems replaced by intensive agriculture and small-scale societies being replaced by larger, more hierarchial organizations. Climate Change and Cultural Dynamics explores the cause and effect relationship between climatic change and cultural transformations across the mid-Holocene (c. 4000 B.C.).