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Living Under the Shadow : Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions - John Grattan

Living Under the Shadow

Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions

By: John Grattan (Editor), Robin Torrence (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd April 2010
ISBN: 9781598742688
Number Of Pages: 320

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Popularist treatments of ancient disasters like volcanic eruptions have grossly overstated their capacity for death, destruction, and societal collapse. Contributors to this volume-- from anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, geology, and biology -- show that human societies have been incredibly resilient and, in the long run, have often recovered remarkably well from wide scale disruption and significant mortality. They have often used eruptions as a trigger for environmental enrichment, cultural change, and adaptation. These historical studies are relevant to modern hazard management because they provide records for a far wider range of events and responses than have been recorded in written records, yet are often closely datable and trackable using standard archaeological and geological techniques. Contributors also show the importance of traditional knowledge systems in creating a cultural memory of dangerous locations and community responses to disaster. The global and temporal coverage of the research reported is impressive, comprising studies from North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, and ranging in time from the Middle Palaeolithic to the modern day.

"...The organizers and editors for Living Under the Shadow are to be commended for taking volcanology into the realm of the World Archeological Congress. The book is an excellent contribution to volcanology and archeology/anthropology. If I had run across this book at a meeting I would have flashed my credit card and taken it home."... -- Grant Heiken, Bull Volcanol

List of Illustrations
Beyond Gloom and Doom: The Long-Term Consequences of Volcanic Disastersp. 1
The Campanian Ignimbrite Factor: Towards a Reappraisal of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic 'Transition'p. 19
Chaos and Selection in Catastrophic Environments: Willaumez Peninsula, Papua New Guineap. 42
People and Volcanoes in the Zapotitan Valley, El Salvadorp. 67
Paleoindians and Megafaunal Extinction in the Basin of Mexico: The Role of the 10.5 k Upper Toluca Pumice Eruptionp. 90
Living with the Volcano: The 11th century AD Eruption of Sunset Craterp. 107
Ecological Roadblocks on a Constrained Landscape: The Cultural Effects of Catastrophic Holocene Volcanism on the Alaska Peninsula, Southwest Alaskap. 133
The Long Shadow: Understanding the Influence of the Laki Fissure Eruption on Human Mortality in Europep. 153
Volcanic Oral Traditions in Hazard Assessment and Mitigationp. 175
Geomythology, Theodicy, and the Continuing Relevance of Religious Worldviews on Responses to Volcanic Eruptionsp. 203
Planning for the Future: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Reconstructing the Buag Episode of Mt Pinatubo, Philippinesp. 225
Archaeology of Fire and Glass: Cultural Adoption of Glass Mountain Obsidianp. 253
Beyond the Catastrophe: The Volcanic Landscape of Bani, Western Panamap. 274
Indexp. 299
About the Authorsp. 305
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ISBN: 9781598742688
ISBN-10: 159874268X
Series: One World Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 22nd April 2010
Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64