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Author Marston, John M., author

Title Agricultural sustainability and environmental change at ancient Gordion / John M. Maston
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc., 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 203 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Gordion Special Studies ; 8
University Museum monograph. Gordion special studies ; v. 8
Contents People, environments, and agriculture at ancient Gordion -- Modeling agricultural decision making and risk management -- Biogeography and paleoclimate of the Gordion region -- Wood use and landscape change -- Agriculture, risk, and environmental change -- Risk, resilience, and sustainability in agricultural systems
Summary This book publishes the results of 220 botanical samples from the 1993-2002 Gordion excavations directed by Mary Voigt. Together with Naomi Miller's 2010 volume (Gordion Special Studies 5), this book completes the publication of botanical samples from Voigt's excavations. The book aims to reconstruct agricultural decision making using archaeological and paleoenvironmental data from Gordion to describe environmental and agricultural changes at the site. John M. Marston argues that different political and economic systems implemented over time at Gordion resulted in patterns of agricultural decision making that were well adapted to the social setting of farmers in each period, but that these practices had divergent environmental impacts, with some regimes sponsoring sustainable agricultural practices and others leading to significant environmental change. The implications of this book are twofold: Gordion will now be one of the best published agricultural datasets from the entire Near East and, thus, serve as a valuable comparable dataset for regional synthesis of agricultural and environmental change, and the methods the author developed to reconstruct agricultural change at Gordion serves as tools to engage questions about the relationship between social and environmental change at sites worldwide. Other books address similar themes but none in the Near East address these themes in diachronic perspective such as we have at Gordion. Museum Monograph 145
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-193) and index
Notes In English
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Subject Agriculture, Ancient -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Environmental archaeology -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Landscape changes -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Plant remains (Archaeology) -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Social archaeology -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Social change -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Sustainable agriculture -- Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Agriculture, Ancient.
Environmental archaeology.
Excavations (Archaeology)
Landscape changes.
Plant remains (Archaeology)
Social archaeology.
Social change.
Sustainable agriculture.
Gordion (Extinct city) -- Antiquities
Gordion (Extinct city) -- Environmental conditions
Turkey -- Gordion (Extinct city)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 193453692X (electronic bk.)
9781934536926 (electronic bk.)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)
(hardcover ; alk. paper)