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Climate Change and Cultural Response in Holocene Southeastern North America

Author(s): David Anderson ; Thaddeus Bissett ; Martin Walker

Year: 2016

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The historical trajectories of many societies in southeastern North America have been linked to changes in climate and biota. Rainfall regimes influenced population distributions as much as political geography during the late prehistoric era, and arguably well back into the past. Likewise, sea-level fluctuations shaped settlement near changing shorelines and resulted in population movement over much larger areas. Changes in biota over large areas brought about changes in settlement at the macroscale, as when mixed hardwood communities were replaced by pines in the Coastal Plain during the mid-Holocene. These offer insight into changes and responses likely in the near future.

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Climate Change and Cultural Response in Holocene Southeastern North America. David Anderson, Thaddeus Bissett, Martin Walker. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403569)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America