Sustainability in Society and Archaeology

Author(s): Joseph Tainter

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Advancing Public Perceptions of Sustainability through Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The processes that make a society sustainable not evolve over periods of decades, generations, and centuries. These processes are commonly not perceivable in a single lifetime. Sustainability must therefore be a historical science, and archaeology is well placed to contribute to understanding sustainability. Yet factors within society and the field itself inhibit the contribution of archaeology to understanding sustainability. Among these are popular ignorance, professional disinterest, the nature of academic achievement, failure to approach historical study in a comparative framework, and the evolutionary history of the human species.

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Sustainability in Society and Archaeology. Joseph Tainter. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450657)

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Abstract Id(s): 22919