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An Archaeologist’s Guide to Preparing for a Warming World

Clara Martinez-Dunbar ’22; Olivia Jacobson ’22
Majors: Anthropology; Environmental Science

Clara Martinez-Dunbar ’22; Olivia Jacobson ’22

Majors: Anthropology; Environmental Science

Faculty Collaborator: Scott Ingram, Anthropology

As global warming continues to alter our world there is an increasing call for more social sciences to be involved in the process of creating solutions. Archaeologists are in a position to contribute crucial insights about the relationship between climate and human behavior in the past, though many are not explicitly incorporating the element of climate into their current research. Our article serves as a methodological primer on why and how archaeologists should be engaging climate-human behavior relationships in their studies, as well as provides guidance on where to find and how to use multiple publicly available resources for climate data.Our work consisted of gathering data from climate resources and organizing them in an accessible way for archaeologists. These data sources include paleoclimateprimary data, such as tree ring data, and modern instrumental data that measures temperature, precipitation, and streamflow. We included a section on the data collected in the final paper intended for publication.

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