Archaeoecology with Dr. Stefani Crabtree and Dr. Jennifer Dunne

On this episode, the hosts are joined by Dr. Stefani Crabtree and Dr. Jennifer Dunne from the Santa Fe Institute to discuss an exciting new field of study, archaeoecology. Unlike how a palaeobiology or archaeology study may only focus on one or two species, archaeoecology takes in the whole ecological context of an archaeological site. Dunne and Crabtree describe archaeoecology as a way to examine the past through the relationship between humans and ecosystems–and not just how humans affect the environment or nature, but also how the ecosystem can shape human culture.


Archaeology and ecology combined sketch a fuller picture of past human-nature relationships:

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