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Archaeology offers insights into climate change strategies

Once again, humanity might be well served to take heed from a history lesson. When the climate changed, when crops failed and famine threatened, the peoples of ancient Asia responded. They moved. They started growing different crops. They created new trade networks and innovated their way to solutions in other ways too.

So suggests new research by Jade d’Alpoim Guedes formerly with WSU and now with the University of California San Diego, and Kyle Bocinsky, an adjunct faculty with in WSU’s Department of Anthropology and the Director of the Research Institute and William D. Lipe Chair in Research with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado. (…)

With their new computer model, the researchers were able to examine in detail how changing climate transformed people’s ability to produce food in particular places, and that enabled them to get at the causes of cultural shift.

Read the full article by Inga Kiderra from October 31, 2018 on the website of the Washington State University.