Evaluating narratives of ecocide with the stratigraphic record at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois, USA

@inproceedings{Rankin2021EvaluatingNO,
  title={Evaluating narratives of ecocide with the stratigraphic record at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois, USA},
  author={Caitlin G. Rankin and Casey R. Barrier and Timothy J. Horsley},
  year={2021}
}
Funding information National Geographic Society; National Science Foundation Abstract Narratives of ecocide, when a society fails due to self‐inflicted ecologic disaster, have been broadly applied to many major archaeological sites based on the expected environmental consequences of known land‐use practices of people in the past. Ecocide narratives often become accepted in a discourse, despite a lack of direct evidence that the hypothesized environmental consequences of land‐use practices… Expand

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