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Viewing the Future in the Past
Historical Ecology Applications to Environmental Issues

Edited by H. Thomas Foster II, Lisa M. Paciulli, and David J. Goldstein

Essays reveal how human activity has influenced ecosystems, economies, and landscapes for millenia

Viewing the Future in the Past is a collection of essays that presents a wide range of authors, loci, and subjects that together demonstrate the value and necessity of looking at environmental problems as a long-term process that involves humans as a causal factor. Editors H. Thomas Foster II, Lisa M. Paciulli, and David J. Goldstein argue that it is increasingly apparent to environmental and earth sciences experts that humans have had a profound effect on the physical, climatological, and biological earth. Consequently they suggest that understanding any aspect of the earth within the last ten thousand years means understanding the density and activities of Homo sapiens.

The essays reveal the ways in which archaeologists and anthropologists have devised methodological and theoretical tools and applied them to pre-Columbian societies in the New World and ancient sites in the Middle East. Some of the authors demonstrate how these tools can be useful in examining modern societies. The contributors provide evidence that past and present ecosystems, economies, and landscapes must be understood through the study of human activity over millennia and across the globe.

H. Thomas Foster II is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Tulsa. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University and is the author of Archaeology of the Lower Muskogee Creek Indians, 1715–1836 and The Collected Works of Benjamin Hawkins, 1796–1810.

Lisa Paciulli has a Ph.D. in anthropological sciences from Stony Brook University and teaches biology at North Carolina State University. She has published articles in American Journal of Primatology, Folia Primatologica, Primate Conservation, and Journal of Medical and Biological Sciences.

David J. Goldstein is the chief of interpretation and education for three National Park Service units on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is a research associate with the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and a visiting lecturer at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru.

"The book's historic approach to environmental management brings new ideas about how to evaluate the sustainability of forestry and agriculture, how to measure biodiversity across time and space, the necessity for history in assessing resilience, and much more. Knowledge of long-term ecological impacts offers important new tools for durable conservation."—Carole Crumley, Uppsala University, Sweden

"This is an excellent series of studies demonstrating the relevance of archaeology and historical ecology for achieving a better understanding of the modern world. How humans responded to as well as shaped environmental changes in the past, the papers in this volume show, offer lessons as well as tools for dealing with the dramatic changes that our species will be confronting in the future."—David G. Anderson, University of Tennessee




6 x 9
172 pages
37 b&w illustrations
hardcover, $34.95s

ISBN 978-1-61117-587-5
ebook, $33.99t
Sebastian F. Braun
R. Kyle Bocinsky
Emily K. Brock
H. Thomas Foster II
David J. Goldstein
Sharon J. Hall
Carrie A. Hritz
Timothy A. Kohler
Melissa R. Kruse-Peeples
Christopher T. Morehart
Dana K. Nakase
Lisa M. Paciulli
Jennifer R. Pournelle
Sarah L. Quick
Katherine A. Spielmann
Amanda B. Tickner
Jolene E. Trujillo
Thomas G. Whitley

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