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Abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon in northwest India ∼4100 yr ago
Climate change has been suggested as a possible cause for the decline of urban centers of the Indus Civilization ~4000 yr ago, but extant paleoclimatic evidence has been derived from locations well…
Abrupt weakening of the Indian summer monsoon at 8.2 kyr B.P.
Indian winter and summer monsoon strength over the 4.2 ka BP event in foraminifer isotope records from the Indus River delta in the Arabian Sea
- Alena Giesche, M. Staubwasser, C. Petrie, D. Hodell
- Environmental ScienceClimate of the Past
- 15 January 2019
Abstract. The plains of northwest South Asia receive rainfall during both the Indian summer (June–September) and winter (December–March) monsoon. Researchers have long attempted to deconstruct the…
Intensified summer monsoon and the urbanization of Indus Civilization in northwest India
These findings provide evidence that climate change was associated with both the expansion and contraction of Indus urbanism along the desert margin in northwest India.
‘Multi-cropping’, Intercropping and Adaptation to Variable Environments in Indus South Asia
It is argued that nuanced interpretations of the evidence provided by the combinations of crop seeds and weeds present in specific contexts and phases of occupation can reveal much about Indus cropping strategies, which enables consideration of issues related to adaptation, intensification and resilience in the face of changing social, political, economic and environmental climates.
The virtues of small grain size: Potential pathways to a distinguishing feature of Asian wheats
Palaeoenvironmental and chronological investigations of the Magdalenian sites of Goyet Cave and Trou de Chaleux (Belgium), via stable isotope and radiocarbon analyses of horse skeletal remains
Journey to the east: Diverse routes and variable flowering times for wheat and barley en route to prehistoric China
Investigating when barley cultivation dispersed from southwest Asia to regions of eastern Asia and how the eastern spring barley evolved in this context indicates that the eastern dispersals of wheat and barley were distinct in both space and time.
Adaptation to Variable Environments, Resilience to Climate Change: Investigating Land, Water and Settlement in Indus Northwest India
- C. Petrie, Ravindra N. Singh, +12 authors Dheerendra P. Singh
- GeographyCurrent Anthropology
- 18 January 2017
This paper explores the nature and dynamics of adaptation and resilience in the face of a diverse and varied environmental and ecological context using the case study of South Asia’s Indus…
Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization
- P. Turchin, Thomas E. Currie, +50 authors C. Spencer
- Sociology, MedicineProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 21 December 2017
A database of historical and archaeological information from 30 regions around the world over the last 10,000 years revealed that characteristics, such as social scale, economy, features of governance, and information systems, show strong evolutionary relationships with each other and that complexity of a society across different world regions can be meaningfully measured using a single principal component of variation.