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Historical ecology coming of age

Journal article
Authors Christian Isendahl
Published in Reviews in Anthropology
Volume 45
Issue 3-4
Pages 127-147
ISSN 0093-8157
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Historical Studies
Pages 127-147
Language en
Links www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.108...
Keywords Archaeology, complex societies, contemporary societies, cultural anthropology, foragers, historical ecology, landscape, lowland Neotropics, Pyrenees, archaeology, Anthropology
Subject categories History and Archaeology


Historical ecology is a research program that in earnest has emerged within anthropology since the turn of the millennium. This essay offers a short outline of historical ecology and, on the basis of a review of four volumes published over the last decade, discusses several key issues in the historical ecological analyses of socio-environmental relations. It is argued that historical ecology (1) emerged as a concept in different, but related, discursive contexts, (2) coalesced in North American anthropology and anthropological archaeology, and (3) subsequently cross-fertilized and diversified in new academic milieus successfully addressing previously unconsidered research questions in novel ways.

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