Going Forward by Looking Back: Archaeological Perspectives on Socio-Ecological Crisis, Response, and Collapse
Felix Riede and Payson Sheets have edited an important new volume on past calamities and what they may tell us about such events, their impacts and mitigation in the future.
Catastrophes are on the rise due to climate change, as is their toll in terms of lives and livelihoods as world populations rise and people settle into hazardous places. While disaster response and management are traditionally seen as the domain of the natural and technical sciences, awareness of the importance and role of cultural adaptation is essential. This book catalogues a wide and diverse range of case studies of such disasters and human responses. This serves as inspiration for building culturally sensitive adaptations to present and future calamities, to mitigate their impact, and facilitate recoveries.