Climate change in the rearview mirror

Holes, sand, desert

Archaeologists are interested in the effects of drought on past societies.
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A look into the past could help to master the current climate crisis. How did earlier cultures deal with climate jumps? Archaeologists and paleo-climatologists can contribute important insights.

by ROLF HESSBRUGGE

The topic of the top international meeting in September 2021 is surprising at first glance: the University of Kiel had invited to an “Archaeological Climate Summit”. What can archeology contribute to overcoming the current climate crisis, one wonders, which has nothing to do with times long past? The Kiel archaeologist Johannes Müller, co-initiator of the summit, sees it differently: “In the current discussion about the socio-ecological…

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