Environmental change is perceived as a major risk for many human societies around the world. Yet, contemporary societies are certainly not the first to experience 'environmental change', and nor are they the first to initiate it. This topic draws on decades of archaeological research into the complexities of human-environment relations in the past, with a particular focus on the traditional terrain of the archaeologist: those societies whose histories lay beyond access via historical documentary records. Drawing on global case studies, we will discuss how environments have changed throughout the past 100,000 years and how a range of different human societies have perceived, responded to and altered their environments through time.
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