The Archaeology of Drylands: Living at the Margin

The Archaeology of Drylands: Living at the Margin

The Archaeology of Drylands: Living at the Margin

The Archaeology of Drylands: Living at the Margin

Synopsis

Many dryland regions contain archaeological remains which suggest that there must have been intensive phases of settlement in what now seem to be dry and degraded environments. This book discusses successes and failures of past land use and settlement in drylands, and contributes to wider debates about desertification and the sustainability of dryland settlement.

Excerpt

One World Archaeology is dedicated to exploring new themes, theories and applications in archaeology from around the world. The series of edited volumes began with contributions that were either part of the inaugural meeting of the World Archaeological Congress in Southampton, UK in 1986 or were commissioned specifically immediately following the meeting—frequently from participants who were inspired to make their own contributions. Since then the World Archaeological Congress has held three further major international congresses: Barquisimeto, Venezuela (1990), New Delhi, India (1994), and Cape Town, South Africa (1999). It has also held a series of more specialised 'intercongresses' focusing on: Archaeological ethics and the treatment of the dead (Vermillion, USA, 1989), Urban origins in Africa (Mombasa, Kenya, 1993), and The destruction and restoration of cultural heritage (Brac, Croatia, 1998). In each case these meetings have attracted a wealth of original and often inspiring work from many countries.

The result has been a set of richly varied volumes that are at the cutting edge of (frequently multi-disciplinary) new work, and which provide a breadth of perspective that charts the many and varied directions that contemporary archaeology is taking.

As series editors we should like to thank all editors and contributors for their hard work in producing these books. We should also like to express our thanks to Peter Ucko, the inspiration behind both the World Archaeological Congress and the One World Archaeology series. Without him none of this would have happened.

Martin Hall, Cape Town, South Africa

Peter Stone, Newcastle, UK

Julian Thomas, Manchester, UK

June 2000 . . .

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