Environmental Change in Prehistory: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Impact of the 6th Millennium BP Climatic Transition on Human Populations

This website has been set up to support the Environmental Change in Prehistory (ECiP) Network, established by Joanne Clarke and Nick Brooks of the School of World Art and Museology (WAM) Studies at the University of East Anglia, (UEA) and funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), under the Landscape and Environment Programme.

The ECiP network aims to bring together archaeologists and climate scientists with expertise in the early and mid Holocene to investigate the impetuses for one of the most interesting but understudied cultural disjunctions in prehistory occurring in much of the Mediterranean after 6000 calibrated BP (4000 calibrated BC). In Europe, the Near East, Cyprus and North Africa widespread reorganisation of settlement patterns and social and economic behaviour happened at this time. Traditional interpretations have favoured cultural explanations but more recently, collaborations between climate scientists and archaeologists have highlighted the possible impact that climate change may have had on processes of cultural change.

Two workshops are planned. Workshop 1 will be held on the 25th and 26th February 2011 and Workshop 2 on the 10th and 11th June 2011

This first workshop will review the archaeological and environmental data and how these have been interpreted thus far.

The aims of the second workshop will be to 1) present summaries of results of partnerships arising from the first workshop; 2) investigate in more detail gaps and inconsistencies in data sets, chronological disparities and contradictory evidence; 3) examine ways in which existing archaeological, environmental, palaeoecological and palaeoclimatic data might be integrated and 4) identify future partnerships, links and research projects.


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