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Agricultural sustainability and environmental change at ancient Gordion / John M. Marston.

Author/Creator:
Marston, John M., author.
Publication:
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 203 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 29 cm.
Subjects:
Plant remains (Archaeology) -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Agriculture, Ancient -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Sustainable agriculture -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Landscape changes -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Social change -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Gordion (Extinct city) -- Antiquities.
Gordion (Extinct city) -- Environmental conditions.
Environmental archaeology -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Social archaeology -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Agriculture, Ancient.
Antiquities.
Ecology.
Environmental archaeology.
Excavations (Archaeology).
Landscape changes.
Plant remains (Archaeology).
Social archaeology.
Social change.
Sustainable agriculture.
Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city).
Summary:
"This book publishes the results of 220 botanical samples from the 1993-2002 Gordion excavations directed by Mary Voigt. Together with Naomi Miller's 2010 volume (Gordion Special Studies 5), this book completes the publication of botanical samples from Voigt's excavations. The book aims to reconstruct agricultural decision making using archaeological and paleoenvironmental data from Gordion to describe environmental and agricultural changes at the site. I argue that different political and economic systems implemented over time at Gordion resulted in patterns of agricultural decision making that were well adapted to the social setting of farmers in each period, but that these practices had divergent environmental impacts, with some regimes sponsoring sustainable agricultural practices and others leading to significant environmental change. The implications of this book are twofold: Gordion will now be one of the best published agricultural datasets from the entire Near East, and serve as a valuable comparable dataset for regional synthesis of agricultural and environmental change. The methods developed to reconstruct agricultural change at Gordion function as tools to engage questions about the relationship between social and environmental change at sites worldwide. Other books address similar themes but no work on the Near East address these themes in diachronic perspective as done at Gordion"--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
1. People, Environments, and Agriculture at Ancient Gordion
2. Modeling Agricultural Decision Making and Risk Management
3. Biogeography and Paleoclimate of the Gordion Region
4. Wood Use and Landscape Change
5. Agriculture, Risk, and Environmental Change
6. Risk, Resilience, and Sustainability in Agricultural Systems
Appendix A. Phytogeographic Communities at Gordion
Appendix B. Wood Charcoal Identification Guide.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781934536919
1934536911
OCLC:
974567377
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