A Very Definite Past Meets an Unfortunately Possible Future: Review of The Great Warming by Brian Fagan
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 […]
Forest Burning and Clearing by Hudson Valley Indians 1000 Years Ago
Buffer(This is the second in a series of posts about the environmental context of human ecosystems and archaeological sites, ca. AD 800-1700). In describing and interpreting the results of her investigation of the Goldkrest Site near Albany, New York, archaeologist Lucianne Lavin (2004) referred to the radiocarbon dating of burned soil patches with associated charcoal […]
Did Climate Change Affect the Hudson Valley, AD 800-1300?
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 […]