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Can archaeology provide an evidence base for Realistic Disaster Scenarios that contribute to reducing vulnerability?

Author(s): Felix Riede ; Russel Blong

Year: 2017

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Extreme climatic events and natural disasters often have a recurrence periodicity beyond that of ethnographic, sociological and, at times, even historical investigation. In a deep historical perspective focused on geo-cultural heritage, however, human communities have been affected by numerous kinds of natural disasters that may provide useful data for scenario-based risk reduction management vis-à-vis future calamities. Using selected past volcanic eruptions as examples and merging Lee Clarke’s sociological argument for ‘possibilistic thinking’ and David Staley’s notion of ‘historical thinking’ with a concern for contemporary and future resilience, this papers suggests that such comparative, cross-cultural ‘palaeosocial’ information on the constellations of vulnerability and resilience pertinent to deep-time disasters can be employed usefully in Realistic Disaster Scenarios (RDSs).


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Can archaeology provide an evidence base for Realistic Disaster Scenarios that contribute to reducing vulnerability?. Felix Riede, Russel Blong. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430270)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13238

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