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Christian Isendahl

Senior lecturer

Christian Isendahl
Senior lecturer
christian.isendahl@gu.se
+46 31 786 4656

Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 40530 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4456

Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Christian Isendahl

Christian Isendahl (born in 1965; Ph.D., Uppsala University, 2002; Docent, Uppsala University, 2012) is Senior Lecturer (universitetslektor) of archaeology at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg. Previous to taking up my current position in late 2013 I held research posts at the Human Ecology Division, Lund University (2002–2004), Malmö University (2005), and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University (2005–2013).

My main research specialization is the prehistory of the Lowland Maya of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, but I have branched out to study the prehistory of the Central Andes (Bolivia) and the Amazon (Brazil). I am interested in issues of long-term sustainability and resilience and apply a historical ecological lens to study urbanism, farming systems, water management, and socio-political organization, with a particular focus on urban farming.

I am a member of the scientific steering committee of the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) project, the IHOPE-Maya network, and coordinate the World Historical Ecology Network (WHEN; previously based at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University).

My dissertation Common Knowledge: Lowland Maya Urban Farming at Xuch was published in 2002. More recently I edited The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics (2012) and co-edited The Urban Mind: Cultural and Environmental Dynamics (2010) and Ecology, Power, and Religion in Maya Landscapes (2011). I am currently co-editing, with Daryl Stump (York University), the Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology (forthcoming on Oxford University Press).

My most recent papers include, among others, “Growth and Decline in Classic Maya Puuc Political Economies” (with Nicholas P. Dunning and Jeremy A. Sabloff; book chapter, 2014), “Med facit i hand? Hur arkeologisk kunskap kan bidra till en hållbar stadsutveckling” (book chapter, 2014), “Sustainable Agrarian Urbanism: The Low-Density Cities of the Mayas and Aztecs” (with Michael E. Smith; Cities, 2013), “Urban Gardens, Agriculture, and Water Management: Sources of Resilience for Long-Term Food Security in Cities” (with Stephan Barthel; Ecological Economics, 2013), “Using Proximal Soil Sensors and Fuzzy Classification for Mapping Amazonian Dark Earths” (with Mats Söderström et al.; Agricultural and Food Science, 2013), “Maya Urban Gardens at Xuch, Campeche, Mexico” (book chapter, 2013), “Archaeology’s Potential Contribution to Pools of Agronomic Knowledge: A Case of Applied Agro-Archaeology in the Bolivian Yungas” (with Walter Sánchez et al.; book chapter, 2013), “Agro-Urban Landscapes: The Example of Maya Lowland Cities” (Antiquity, 2012), “The Domestication and Early Spread of Manioc (Manihot esculenta Crantz): A Brief Synthesis” (Latin American Antiquity, 2011), and “The Weight of Water: A New Look at Prehispanic Puuc Maya Water Reservoirs” (Ancient Mesoamerica, 2011).

Latest publications

Pathways to Sustainable Development or Poverty: Water Security and Wealth in the Pre-Columbian Puuc-Nohkakab Maya Lowlands
Christian Isendahl, Scott Heckbert
Tim Cunningham and Jan Driessen (eds), Crisis to Collapse: The Archaeology of Social Breakdown, Louvain-la-Neuve, Presses Universitaires de Louvain, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Tradeoffs in Precolumbian Maya Water Management Systems: Complexity, Sustainability, and Cost
Christian Isendahl, Scott Heckbert
Michelle Hegmon (ed.), The Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on Tradeoffs, New York, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

A Distribution Analysis of the Central Maya Lowlands Ecoinformation Network: Its Rises, Falls, and Changes
Joel D. Gunn, Vernon L. Scarborough, William J. Folan, Christian Isendahl, Arlen F. Chase et al.
Ecology & society, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Historical ecology coming of age
Christian Isendahl
Reviews in Anthropology, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Sensor mapping of Amazonian Dark Earths in deforested croplands
Mats Söderström, Jan Eriksson, Christian Isendahl, Denise Pahl Schaan, Per Stenborg et al.
Geoderma, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Determining soil properties in Amazonian Dark Earths by reflectance spectroscopy
Suzana Romeiro Araújo, Mats Söderström, Jan Eriksson, Christian Isendahl, Per Stenborg et al.
Geoderma, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Applying Historical Ecology to Natural Resource Management Institutions: Lessons from Two Case Studies of Landscape Fire Management
Aaron M. Petty, Christian Isendahl, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, David J. Goldstein, Jeanine M. Rhemtulla et al.
Global Environmental Change, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Growth and Decline in Classic Maya Puuc Political Economies
Christian Isendahl, N. P. Dunning, J. A. Sabloff
ARCHEOLOGICAL PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION,, Journal article 2014
Journal article

Med facit i hand? Hur arkeologisk kunskap kan bidra till en hållbar stadsutveckling
Christian Isendahl
Det förflutna i framtidens stad: Tankar om kulturarv, konsumtion och hållbar stadsutveckling, edited by Krister Olsson and Daniel Nilsson, Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

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2017

Pathways to Sustainable Development or Poverty: Water Security and Wealth in the Pre-Columbian Puuc-Nohkakab Maya Lowlands
Christian Isendahl, Scott Heckbert
Tim Cunningham and Jan Driessen (eds), Crisis to Collapse: The Archaeology of Social Breakdown, Louvain-la-Neuve, Presses Universitaires de Louvain, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Tradeoffs in Precolumbian Maya Water Management Systems: Complexity, Sustainability, and Cost
Christian Isendahl, Scott Heckbert
Michelle Hegmon (ed.), The Give and Take of Sustainability: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on Tradeoffs, New York, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

A Distribution Analysis of the Central Maya Lowlands Ecoinformation Network: Its Rises, Falls, and Changes
Joel D. Gunn, Vernon L. Scarborough, William J. Folan, Christian Isendahl, Arlen F. Chase et al.
Ecology & society, Journal article 2017
Journal article

2016

Historical ecology coming of age
Christian Isendahl
Reviews in Anthropology, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Sensor mapping of Amazonian Dark Earths in deforested croplands
Mats Söderström, Jan Eriksson, Christian Isendahl, Denise Pahl Schaan, Per Stenborg et al.
Geoderma, Journal article 2016
Journal article

2015

Determining soil properties in Amazonian Dark Earths by reflectance spectroscopy
Suzana Romeiro Araújo, Mats Söderström, Jan Eriksson, Christian Isendahl, Per Stenborg et al.
Geoderma, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Applying Historical Ecology to Natural Resource Management Institutions: Lessons from Two Case Studies of Landscape Fire Management
Aaron M. Petty, Christian Isendahl, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, David J. Goldstein, Jeanine M. Rhemtulla et al.
Global Environmental Change, Journal article 2015
Journal article

2014

Growth and Decline in Classic Maya Puuc Political Economies
Christian Isendahl, N. P. Dunning, J. A. Sabloff
ARCHEOLOGICAL PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION,, Journal article 2014
Journal article

Med facit i hand? Hur arkeologisk kunskap kan bidra till en hållbar stadsutveckling
Christian Isendahl
Det förflutna i framtidens stad: Tankar om kulturarv, konsumtion och hållbar stadsutveckling, edited by Krister Olsson and Daniel Nilsson, Lund, Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Showing 1 - 10 of 23

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