Archaeological Science and Climate Change Panel

Amy Bogaard – University of Oxford, Andrew Dugmore – University of Edinburgh, Hannah Fluck – Historic England, Ian Simpson – Stirling University, Yoshi Maezumi – University of Amsterdam, chaired by Nicki Whitehouse – University of Glasgow

Archaeology for a Changing Planet Science panel, 17th November 2021, 4pm

University of Glasgow, Archaeology, and the Association for Environmental Archaeologists

Over the course of autumn 2021 the University of Glasgow’s Archaeology seminar series has been highlighting the diverse contributions of archaeological and heritage researchers to the central concerns of COP26, including: impacts of climate change, human – environment interactions, landscape change, social responses to environmental and climate change, activist scholarship to promote sustainability, and an overarching commitment to social justice. 

 As part of this seminar series, this panel discussion, co-organised with the Association for Environmental Archaeology, will focus on the role of archaeology and archaeological science in understanding the current climate emergency, what we can learn from the past and environmental archaeological research to prepare for a sustainable future, and what research and policy priorities we should be focusing on, from a range of different perspectives.

 The format will include a brief introduction from each speaker and speakers will then be invited to address pre-selected questions, in addition to questions that emerge during discussion on the day.

We invite members of the AEA community to submit panel questions for selection. Please send your proposed questions to nicki.whitehouse@glasgow.ac.uk and/or Gill.Campbell@HistoricEngland.org.uk, no later than Friday 12th November, 4pm.

Participants:

Prof Amy Bogaard (University of Oxford) Prof Andy Dugmore (University of Edinburgh); Dr Hannah Fluck (Historic England); Prof Ian Simpson (Graduate Centre, City University New York).

Biographies

Prof Amy Bogaard is an archaeobotanist and Prof of Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology, University of Oxford. She works on early farming practice and land use in Europe and western Asia.  

Prof Andy Dugmore is an environmental geographer who has used tephrochronology to refine environmental studies to better understand change in complex social ecological systems.  He has developed chronologies of environmental change, identified limits to cultural adaptation and studied cross scale interactions, impacts of compounding vulnerabilities and early warning signals of critical transformations.  The geographical focus of his work is the North Atlantic islands and areas of medieval Scandinavian settlement, although tephra studies have taken him to the Pacific NW of America, and collaborations include study of the pre-Hispanic American southwest.  

Dr Hannah Fluck is Head of Environmental Research, Historic England.

Prof Ian Simpson is a geoarchaeologist, working for over 35 years at the interface of the geosciences and archaeology, with regional foci in South Asia, the North Atlantic and the Middle East. Working with chronologically defined soil and sedimentary records, his work has created new understandings of the effectiveness and consequences of adaptations to environmental change over extended periods of time.  This has included the emergence of water management systems, the long-term management and legacies of agricultural soils and the historic adaptation of grazing systems. Most recently he has looked to the future with experimental assessments of how archaeological sites and landscapes may be modified under predicted climate change scenarios indicating what conservation measures may be required.     

Dr Yoshi Maezumi is a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and National Geographic Explorer specializing in past human-environment interactions. Her research integrates cross-disciplinary perspectives from palaeoecology, archaeology, archaeobotany, and palaeoclimatology to examine the legacy of past human land use and fire management on modern ecosystems in the Amazon and Caribbean.