Archaeologies of Empire and Environment
This symposium brings together archaeologists studying environment and empire across time and space to discuss the role that agriculture and land use plays in imperial strategies. This session asks how plants, animals, and other environmental resources become entangled in imperial acts of conquest and colonization, exploitation and inculcation.
This archaeological approach invites theoretical and methodological perspectives that connect imperial strategies with their environmental settings and imbue the environment with political criticality. They include environmental archaeologies that investigate local/regional signatures of empire; historical ecologies that ask how land management affects imperial biographies; political ecologies that presume environmental regimes have political valence; and new materialisms that infuse the non-human world with agency.
When archaeologists view imperial land use and environmental management as forms of statecraft, the political landscape moves from metaphor to unit of analysis, and ecofacts, gain empirical heft as artifacts of empire. This perspective reinstates an appreciation for the political economies of agrarian states, with all the resource flows and divisions of labor that surplus cultivation entails. At the same time, this approach treats political economies as human-environment interactions, which opens up all kinds of new questions, challenges, and approaches to the intersections of empire and environment.
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Country) • Republic of Iraq (Country) • State of Israel (Country) • Lebanese Republic (Country) • Syrian Arab Republic (Country) • West Bank (Country) • Republic of Cyprus (Country) • Arab Republic of Egypt (Country) • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Country) • Gaza Strip (Country)
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- The Archaeology of Ecological Imperialism in Central Mexico (2017)
- Bureaucratic Reforms on the Frontier: Zooarchaeological and Historical Perspectives on the 1767 Jesuit Expulsion in the Pimeria Alta (2017)
- Empire, Environment and Disease: an Indian Ocean Case Study. (2017)
- Engineering an Ecosystem of Resistance: Late Intermediate Period Farming in the South-Central Andes (A.D. 1100-1450) (2017)
- From Empire States to Country Estates – The Story of the Fallow Deer’s Global Conquest 6k BP to Present (2017)
- Hitchhiking to the New World: Archaeoentomology and the Study of Introduced Insect and Ectoparasite Species. (2017)
- Imperial Context and Agricultural Content: Dimensions of Space and Practice in Agricultural Lifeways in Dhiban, Jordan, 500 CE – 1400 CE (2017)
- Irrigation Canals as Subaltern Agents of Resistence: An Example from 19th Century Russian Turkestan (2017)
- Localizing the Imperial Grain Economy in Mamluk Syria: Expressions of Village-Level Initiatives in 14th-Century Transjordan (2017)
- Resilience and Regime Shift at the Ancient Maya City of Tikal (2017)
- Swahili Agriculture and Power Dynamics in Regional Perspective (2017)
- Thinking Through Zooarchaeological Approaches to Empire and Environment (2017)
- Zones of Refuge: Resisting Conquest in the Northern Philippine Highlands through Agricultural Practice (2017)