The Archaeology of Drylands: Living on Marginsby Graeme Barker, David Gilbertson
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.
Table of ContentsIntroduction 1. Living at the margin: themes in the archaeology of drylands, Graeme Barker and David Gilbertson 2. The dynamic climatology of drylands, Greg Spellman SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL ASIA 3. The decline of desert agriculture: a view from the classical period Negev, Steve Rosen 4. Farmers, herders and miners in the Wadi Faynan, southern Jordan: a 10,000-year landscape archaeology, Graeme Barker 5. Differing strategies for water supply and farming in the Syrian Black Desert, Paul Newson 6. Irrigation agriculture in central Asia: a long-term perspective from Turkmenistan, Mark Nesbitt and Sarah O'Hara SAHARA AND SAHEL 7. Conquests and land degradation in the eastern Maghreb during classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, Jean-Louis Ballais 8. Success, longevity, and failure of arid-land agriculture: Romano-Libyan floodwater farming in the Tripolitanian Pre-desert, David Mattingly 10. Farming and famie: subsistence strategies in highland Ethiopia, Ann Butler and Catherine D'Andrea EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA 11. Engaruka: farming by irrigation in Maasailand, c.AD 1400-1700, John Sutton 12. The agricultural landscape of the Nyanga area of Zimbabwe, Robert Soper 13. Fifteenth-century agropastoral responses to a disequilibrial econsystem in southeastern Botswana, John Kinahan 14. Islands of intensive agriculture in African drylands: towards an explanatory framework, Mats Widgren NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA 15. Anthropogenic ecology in the prehistory of the North American Southwest, Paul Minnis 16. The role of maguey in the Mesoamerican Tierra Fria: ethnographic, historic, and archaeological perspectives, Jeffery Parsons and J. Andrew DarlingEUROPE 17. Traditional irrigation systems in dryland Switzerland, Anne Jones and Darren Crook 18. Desertification, land degradation, and land abandonment in the Rhone valley, France, Sander van der Leeuw Index
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