Landscapes of Settlement in Northern Iceland: Historical Ecology of Human Impact and Climate Fluctuation on the Millennial Scale

Thomas H. McGovern, Orri Vesteinsson, Adolf Fridriksson, Mike Church, Ian Lawson, Ian A. Simpson, Arni Einarsson, Andy Dugmore, Gordon Cook, Sophia Perdikaris, Kevin John Edwards, Amanda M. Thomson, W. Paul Adderley, Anthony Newton, Gavin Lucas, Ragnar Edvardsson, Oscar Aldred, Elaine Dunbar

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Abstract

Early settlement in the North Atlantic produced complex interactions of culture and nature. The sustained program of interdisciplinary collaboration is intended to focus on ninth- to 13th-century sites and landscapes in the highland interior lake basin of Myvatn in Iceland and to contribute along-term perspective to larger issues of sustainable resource use, soil erosion, and the historical ecology of global change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-51
Number of pages25
JournalAmerican Anthropologist
Volume109
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Iceland
  • sustainability
  • historical ecology
  • paleoecology
  • land degradation
  • premodern Iceland
  • Norse Greenland
  • Atlantic
  • holocene
  • zooarchaeology
  • perspective
  • islands
  • myvatn
  • diet

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