A novel methodology for human climatic adaptation study
Climate change, migration and adaptation are all challenges that demand immediate global solutions. The Late Pleistocene/early Holocene - also a period of turbulent climate change - in Europe represents an ideal natural laboratory for the investigation of human reactions to such challenges. Studies that understand the changes documented in archaeology using epistemologically robust and methodologically transparent approaches remain rare, however. The EU-funded CLIOARCH project proposes a novel Open Science approach to interrogate the relationship between past humans and their environment. It will draw on cultural evolutionary theory and a range of computational methods adapted from ecology to produce a pioneer methodology for the study of climate change impacts in deep history. This transparent and quantitative methodology, together with the findings it will produce, will boost the role of archaeological research in contemporary debates on climate change.
Field of science
- /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology
- /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
- /humanities/history and archaeology/history
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