Archaeology question: sustainability ...

Archaeology question: sustainability issue

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Gent, Belgium

#1 Dec 6, 2010
Hello fellow archaeologists,

I'm an archaeology student in Belgium and I have to write a paper on how archaeology can contribute to the current sustainability issue.
The problem is, I don't know where to start if I want to write something about that subject and I thought maybe you could get me started.

Thank you in advance

Lebbeke, Belgium

#2 Nov 27, 2012

ik ben ook een studente archeologie en ik moet exact dezelfde paper schrijven. Ik vroeg mij af of je die paper toevallig nog hebt? Ik heb geen idee hoe eraan te beginnen en vroeg me af of ik die van jou mocht lezen of of je misschien enkele pijlers hebt voor mij.

Wildong Lassiter

Old Lyme, CT

#3 Nov 28, 2012
Whovever assigned you that topic is the definitive feckin eejit. The short answer is to write about the Mayan collapse secondary to overpopulation/drought. But how does that advance anyone's knowledge of "sustainability"? It was a specific event fed by lots of unlucky, ancillary events. That a global climate revision with dreadful effects (at best)on all living organisms is on its way is (a) well known old news,(b) inevitable,(c) a perfect example of the preposterous phrase "hoist by one's own petard", and (d) so dwarfs the very idea of a school paper on "the current sustainability issues" that one wants to make the comparison to a young German 68 years ago asked to write a paper about "the Jewish Problem." "Sustainability" is such cant, such a green, feel-good topic. In truth it's a smoke screen which conceals the opposite of sustainability. It's truly Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Good luck with your paper. Archaeology abounds with object lessons in sustainability (again,the Maya, who created fertile, floating islands on which to plant crops). Perhaps more important than this make-work paper, you should find high ground in an area of reliable rainfaill. Good luck.

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