Session: #402

Theme & Session Format

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
Session format:
Discussion session (with formal abstracts)

Title & Content

Climate and Environmental Change in the Nile Valley
Environmental change either as a result of human impact or climate change has a long history in the Nile valley. From the much discussed Old Kingdom collapse to a variety of apparently catastrophic events and more nuanced incremental change, the archaeological record, with unique information from organic remains, resulting from optimal preservation, provides a detailed body of data. These allow refined interpretations for past events, including societal change. The session aims to present case studies from archaeological and palaeoenvironmental research, combining novel techniques and established approaches, theories and data in an attempt to engender a holistic approach to change in the Nile Valley during the Holocene, in particular during the last 10.000 years. We shall look into results on environmental change from different research methods in order to obtain a multidisciplinary perspective. The session will range from detailed site interpretations to key events and moments in time, from droughts, extinctions and changes in agriculture, famine, disease, trade networks and biogeographic change. We shall approach the problems and datasets with a view to using knowledge of the past to understand also present change.
Nile valley, Holocene, climate change, human impact, palaeoenvironments, biogeography
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Main organiser:
Eva PanagiotaKopulu (United Kingdom) 1
Johanna Sigl (Germany) 2
1. School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh
2. Kommission für Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen - KAAK