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Christian Isendahl

Senior lecturer

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

Room number: 2415
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86, plan 4 , 41261 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: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 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
Crisis to Collapse: The Archaeology of Social Breakdown. Tim Cunningham and Jan Driessen (eds.), 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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2014

Thinking Back to Look Ahead
Jago Cooper, Christian Isendahl
Global Change, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

Calakmul: Agent Risk and Sustainability in the Western Maya Lowlands
Joel Gunn, William Folan, Christian Isendahl, María Dominguez Carrasco, Betty Faust et al.
The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE. Archaeological Paper of the American Anthropological Association, Vol. 24, edited by Arlen F. Chase and Vernon L. Scarborough, Arlington, American Anthropological Association, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Growth and Decline in Classic Maya Puuc Political Economies
Christian Isendahl, Nicholas Dunning, Jeremy A. Sabloff
The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE. Archaeological Paper of the American Anthropological Association, Vol. 24, edited by Arlen F. Chase and Vernon L. Scarborough, Arlington, American Anthropological Association, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

The Cultivated Wilderness Project – Hinterland Archaeology in the Belterra Region, Pará, Brasil
Per Stenborg, Denise Pahl Schaan, Christian Isendahl, Mats Söderström, Jan Eriksson et al.
Antes de Orellana. Actas del 3er Encuentro Internacional de Arqueología Amazónica, edited by Stéphen Rostain. Actes & Mémoires de l’Institut Français d’Études Andines , Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

2013

Maya Urban Gardens at Xuch, Campeche, Mexico
Christian Isendahl
Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology: Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples, edited by Amina-Aïcha Malek, Bern, Peter Lang AG, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Using proximal soil sensors and fuzzy classification for mapping Amazonian Dark Earths
Mats Söderström, Jan Eriksson, Christian Isendahl, Suzana Araújo, Lilian Rebellato et al.
Agricultural and Food Science, Journal article 2013
Journal article

Archaeology’s Potential Contribution to Pools of Agronomic Knowledge: A Case of Applied Agro-Archaeology in the Bolivian Yungas
Christian Isendahl, Walter Sánchez, Sergio Calla, Marco Irahola, Dagner Salvatierra et al.
Humans and the Environment: New Archaeological Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Matthew Davies and Freda Nkirote, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

2012

Investigating Urban Experiences, Deconstructing Urban Essentialism
Christian Isendahl
UGEC (Urbanization & Global Environmental Change) Viewpoints , Magazine article 2012
Magazine article

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