The Archaeology of Drylands: Living on Margins

The Archaeology of Drylands: Living on Margins

by Graeme Barker, David Gilbertson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415230012

ISBN-13: 9780415230018

Pub. Date: 12/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Many dryland regions contain archaeological remains which suggest that there must have been intensive phases of settlement in what now seem to be dry and degraded environments. This book discusses successes and failures of past land use and settlement in drylands, and contributes to wider debates about desertification and the sustainability of dryland settlement.  See more details below

Overview

Many dryland regions contain archaeological remains which suggest that there must have been intensive phases of settlement in what now seem to be dry and degraded environments. This book discusses successes and failures of past land use and settlement in drylands, and contributes to wider debates about desertification and the sustainability of dryland settlement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415230018
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
One World Archaeology Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Series editors' foreword
Preface
1Living at the margin: themes in the archaeology of drylands3
2The dynamic climatology of drylands19
3The decline of desert agriculture: a view from the classical period Negev45
4Farmers, herders and miners in the Wadi Faynan, southern Jordan: a 10,000-year landscape archaeology63
5Differing strategies for water supply and farming in the Syrian Black Desert86
6Irrigation agriculture in Central Asia: a long-term perspective from Turkmenistan103
7Conquests and land degradation in the eastern Maghreb during classical antiquity and the Middle Ages125
8Success, longevity, and failure of arid-land agriculture: Romano-Libyan floodwater farming in the Tripolitanian pre-desert137
9Twelve thousand years of human adaptation in Fezzan (Libyan Sahara)160
10Farming and famine: subsistence strategies in Highland Ethiopia180
11Engaruka: farming by irrigation in Maasailand, c.A.D. 1400-1700201
12The agricultural landscape of the Nyanga area of Zimbabwe220
13Fifteenth-century agropastoral responses to a disequilibrial ecosystem in southwestern Botswana233
14Islands of intensive agriculture in African drylands: towards an explanatory framework252
15Prehistoric agriculture and anthropogenic ecology of the North American Southwest271
16The role of maguey in the Mesoamerican tierra fria: ethnographic, historic and archaeological perspectives288
17Traditional irrigation systems in dryland Switzerland315
18Desertification, land degradation and land abandonment in the Rhone valley, France336
Index355

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