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GCE III - Key Finding in 2013

    Archaeology and the historical ecology of the Georgia Bight

    Most research into humans’ impact on the environment has assumed that small scale economies are sustainable and in harmony with nature. GCE researcher V.D. Thompson worked with a colleague, D.H. Thomas, to edit “Life among the tides: archaeology of the Georgia Bight (Amer. Museum of Natural History, 2013), which brings together work being done in the region and includes three contributions from the GCE: DePratter and Thompson track shoreline change over the latter half of the Holocene (Fig. 1); Turck and Alexander detail local geomorphology and the ways in which small landforms were utilized by humans; Thompson et al. examines Native American response to the Spanish. Thompson also edited a 2nd volume, “The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies” (Univ. of Florida Press, 2013), with J.C. Waggoner, in which the contributors offer case studies from around the world that reveal how communities have shaped their environment—and not always in a positive way. The chapter by Thompson et al. describes Cumulative Actions and the Historical Ecology of Islands along the Georgia Coast, whereas that by Pennings talks about the challenges of forging Collaborations between Ecology and Historical Ecology.


    Fig. 1 Paleoshorelines of the St. Catherines and Sapelo Islands section of the Georgia coast. From DePratter and Thompson (2013).


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.