Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation

Continuity and Change in Cultural Adaptation to Mountain Environments

From Prehistory to Contemporary Threats

Editors: Lozny, Ludomir R. (Ed.)

  • Explores human adaptation to mountain systems using a range of viewpoints, including anthropology, ecology, and geography
  • Examines human effects on mountain systems, particularly in regard to human-caused climate change
  • Uses numerous case studies from around the world to examine how different cultures respond to similar environments
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About this book

Up until now, mountain ecosystems have not been closely studies by social scientists as they do not offer a readily defined set of problems for human exploitation as, do for instance, tropical forests or arctic habitats. But the archaeological evidence had shown that humans have been living in this type of habitat for thousands of year. 

From this evidence we can also see that mountainous regions are often frontier zones of competing polities and form refuge areas for dissident communities as they often are inherently difficult to control by centralized authorities. As a consequence they fuel or contribute disproportionately to political violence.  But we are now witnessing changes and increasing vulnerability of mountain ecosystems caused by human activities. 

Human adaptability to mountain ecosystems This volume presents an international and interdisciplinary account of the exploitation of--and human adaptation to--mountainous regions over time.  The contributions discuss human cultural responses to key physical and cultural stressors associated with mountain ecosystems, such as aridity, quality of soils, steep slopes, low productivity, as well as transient phenomena such as changing weather patterns, deforestation and erosion, and the possible effects of climate change.

This volume will be of interest to anthropologists, ecologists and geologists as mountainous landscapes change fast and cultures disappear and they need to be recorded, and mountain regions are of interest for studies on environmental change and cultural responses of mountain populations provide clues for us all. Critical to understanding mountain adaptations is our comprehension of human decision-making and how people view short- and long-term outcomes.

About the authors

Ludomir Lozny is current managing editor of the journal Human Ecology, and an adjunct professor at Hunter College in the Department of Archaeology.

Reviews

“This volume presents papers from various disciplines with the same focus: to identify and evaluate human relationships with mountain ecosystems. … The broad scope of topics makes this book a practical introduction to the various issues affecting mountain people in the past and the present. … an approachable introductory volume for students and scholars from any background with an interest in the study of human adaptations to mountain environments.” (Genevieve Dewar, Canadian Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 38 (1), 2014)

"this is a book of two halves.... The first deals with archaeological and historical surveys in the Alps and the Pyrenees; the second half focuses on studies of contemporary mountain communities, addressing the social, economic and political challenges faced by those living in upland areas of countries including Bolivia, Nepal, China, and the Philippines. In the thematic context of the volume, these later chapters intersect well with the earlier ones--- not least , these communities demonstrate strong historical identities and provide potentially interesting models for other mountain societies in the past, as well as ideas about sustainable social and economic organisation for the future" (Robert Witcher, Antiquity, Vol. 87, 2013)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bates, Daniel G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Presenting the Evidence of Diversity in Mountain Paleo-Landscapes. The Case of the French Alps

    David, Fernand

    Pages 9-17

  • A History of Long-Term Human–Environment Interactions in the French Pyrenees Inferred from the Pollen Data

    Galop, Didier (et al.)

    Pages 19-30

  • The Pastures of the Bénou Plateau (Bilhères-en-Ossau), France. One Form of Exploitation of Salt Resources in a Mountain Environment

    Chopin, Jean-François (et al.)

    Pages 31-42

  • Archaeological Prospection of the Pyrenean Valleys in the Upper Lavedan, Hautes-Pyrénées

    Guédon, Frédéric

    Pages 43-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Continuity and Change in Cultural Adaptation to Mountain Environments
Book Subtitle
From Prehistory to Contemporary Threats
Editors
  • Ludomir R. Lozny
Series Title
Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5702-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5702-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5701-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9485-1
Series ISSN
1574-0501
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 410
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