Contributing Historical Archaeology to Global Efforts to Address Climate Change

Author(s): Marcy Rockman

Year: 2016


In the most recent Summary for Policy Makers from the IPCC Working Group II (Adaptation), this statement, "Throughout history, people and societies have adjusted to and coped with climate, climate variability, and extremes, with varying degrees of success," is written without attribution.  Though this statement is a consensus view, the absence of a footnote disconnects it from analyses of the human past and the models of adaptation developed in the IPCC reports. This is a big gap. The most important contribution historical archaeology can make to climate change is its models, data, and examples that define and challenge what is meant by "adjusting and coping" and "varying degrees of success." This paper reports on recent efforts of the U.S. National Park Service and many partners to increase representation of archaeology and the capacity it provides to learn from study of the past in global efforts to address climate change.

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Contributing Historical Archaeology to Global Efforts to Address Climate Change. Marcy Rockman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435013)


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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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