Like many Berg books, this is not an explicitly archaeological study ... but the topic covered is one which should have major theoretical interest for the discipline. After all, as the editors point out, "all humans experience the variations in atmospheric conditions and in meteorological phenomena that we call weather and climate". The 15 papers in the book approach climate from a variety of anthropological, historical and material culture perspectives. Of particular interest to archaeologists will be 'Climate and culture in the North: The interface of archaeology, paleoenvironmental science and oral history' (Anne Henshaw), 'Mood, magic and metaphors: Allusions to weather and climate in the Sagas of the Icelanders ' (Astrid Ogilvie & Gisli Palsson) and the useful introductory review of the 'Anthropology of weather and climate' which discusses ways in which all social scientists can seek to understand the influence of the elements on the societies, living or dead, which they study.
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About the Author
Sarah Strauss is Assistant Professor, at the University of Wyoming.
Benjamin S. Orlove is Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, at the University of California, Davis and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Columbia University, New York.