Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems

Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems : A Global Perspective

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Archaeological data now show that relatively intense human adaptations to coastal environments developed much earlier than once believed - more than 125,000 years ago. With our oceans and marine fisheries currently in a state of crisis, coastal archaeological sites contain a wealth of data that can shed light on the history of human exploitation of marine ecosystems. In eleven case studies from the Americas, Pacific Islands, North Sea, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, leading researchers working in coastal areas around the world cover diverse marine ecosystems, reaching into deep history to discover how humans interacted with and impacted these aquatic environments and shedding new light on our understanding of contemporary environmental problems.

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 182.88 x 256.54 x 27.94mm | 816.46g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 6 b/w photographs, 39 line illustrations, 16 maps, 33 tables
  • 0520253434
  • 9780520253438
  • 1,221,026

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Torben C. Rick is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University and the author of The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Late Holocene San Miguel Island. Jon M. Erlandson is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. He is coeditor of Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology and author of several books.

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"This groundbreaking, 'must read' book will serve as the prelude for understanding how the world's modern marine ecosystems have been so severely impacted by humans." Choice "Rich in data and containing plentiful... paleoecological research useful to those studying terrestrial as well as marine ecosystems." -- Philip J. Piper Antiquity "What impresses you is the broad, holistic arguments for collaborative research and the relevance of archaeology." Journal Of Ethnobiology "No one who wishes to participate in this debate ... can do without the detailed case studies and conclusions presented." Marine Ecology

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An excellent volume with mature, sophisticated, comprehensive research by leaders in the fields of archaeology, zooarchaeology, and paleoarchaeology that will be useful to scientists of many interests. David Steadman, author of "Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds" This volume will make a significant contribution to our understanding of ancient human impacts on marine ecosystems, which will be of interest to all researchers who are concerned about the environment. The editors and contributors are commended for their efforts on this significant research topic. Steven R. James, coeditor of "The Archaeology of Global Change: The Impact of Humans on Their Environment""

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