Cultural Responses to Climate Change During the Late Holocene

  title={Cultural Responses to Climate Change During the Late Holocene},
  author={Peter B. deMenocal},
  pages={667 - 673}
  • P. deMenocal
  • Published 27 April 2001
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
Modern complex societies exhibit marked resilience to interannual-to- decadal droughts, but cultural responses to multidecadal-to-multicentury droughts can only be addressed by integrating detailed archaeological and paleoclimatic records. Four case studies drawn from New and Old World civilizations document societal responses to prolonged drought, including population dislocations, urban abandonment, and state collapse. Further study of past cultural adaptations to persistent climate change… 

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