Towards a science of archaeoecology

Crabtree, Stefani, and Dunne, Jennifer A. (2022) Towards a science of archaeoecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 37 (11). pp. 976-984.

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We propose defining a field of research called ‘archaeoecology’ that examines the past ~60 000 years of interactions between humans and ecosystems to better understand the human place within them. Archaeoecology explicitly integrates questions, data, and approaches from archaeology and ecology, and coalesces recent and future studies that demonstrate the usefulness of integrating archaeological, environmental, and ecological data for understanding the past. Defining a subfield of archaeoecology, much as the related fields of environmental archaeology and palaeoecology have emerged as distinct areas of research, provides a clear intellectual context for helping us to understand the trajectory of human–ecosystem interactions in the past, during the present, and into the future.

Item ID: 76382
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0169-5347
Keywords: archaeoecology, archaeology, ecology, environmental archaeology, palaeoecology
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 22:57
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310399 Ecology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430107 Historical archaeology (incl. industrial archaeology) @ 50%
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