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A Very Definite Past Meets an Unfortunately Possible Future:  Review of The Great Warming by Brian Fagan

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on November 6, 2012 in Book Reviews |

BufferIn the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, certain recent, widely-reported comments remind me that I have put off for too long a review of a very important book by Brian Fagan on the last period of global warming, AD 800-1300.  For example, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo notes the increasing frequency and severity of storms […]

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Relax with Some Summer Reading

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 23, 2012 in Archaeology, Book Reviews |

While conducting a Phase 1 archaeological survey on the hottest day of the year in the Town of Schodack, in New York’s Hudson Valley, my thoughts drifted occasionally away from the heat and insects to books I have enjoyed. Imagine you are there in the woods on a hot day in July. It’s humid and […]

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Did Climate Change Affect the Hudson Valley, AD 800-1300?

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 17, 2010 in Archaeology, CRM |

Buffer(This is the first in series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites, ca. AD 800-1700). Following the lead of geologists, paleontologists, and climatologists, in recent years archaeologists have been paying more attention to the Medieval Warm Period.  Ancient histories and proxy climate records such as tree rings, ancient changes […]

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