Concepts of collapse, resilience and mobility in prehistoric archaeology

Hafner, Albert; Heitz, Caroline (22 May 2019). Concepts of collapse, resilience and mobility in prehistoric archaeology (Unpublished). In: Climate and Society in Ancient Worlds. Diversity in Collapse and Resilience. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels. May 22-24, 2019.

The topic of societal collapse was introduced to archaeological and anthropological sciences from different directions in the late 1980ies. In the same measure as societies of the early 21st century got aware of global change the concept of past societal collapse was popularized. This can be shown exemplarily through the hype around books of Jared Diamond, reaching extremely large readership. Archaeology – and mainly prehistoric archaeology – is a science, which is used to work with large times scales. Contributions to climate change research therefore offer chances to get involved in research topics of societal relevance. If archaeologists can show that during long periods of the Holocene human societies have been vulnerable and were forced to be adaptive to new environmental situations this may also change the view of our own, comparable quite static societies of the 21st century.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

UniBE Contributor:

Hafner, Albert, Heitz, Caroline Franziska


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Albert Hafner-Lafitte

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18 Feb 2020 15:04

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05 Dec 2022 15:34


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