Human Impacts on Ancient Marine Ecosystems : A Global Perspective

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-14
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Archaeological data now show that relatively intense human adaptations to coastal environments developed much earlier than once believed-more than 125,000 years ago. With our oceans and marine fisheries currently in a state of crisis, coastal archaeological sites contain a wealth of data that can shed light on the history of human exploitation of marine ecosystems and marine conservation principles. This groundbreaking volume, the first global survey of these topics, brings together leading researchers working in coastal areas around the world to address the links between archaeology, history, marine ecology, and fisheries management. In eleven case studies from the Americas, Pacific Islands, North Sea, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, they cover diverse marine ecosystems ranging from kelp forests to coral reefs and mangroves, reaching into deep history to discover how humans interacted with and impacted these aquatic environments. Utilizing a variety of multidisciplinary analyses and data sets, together they demonstrate the power of archaeology and other historical disciplines to improve our understanding of contemporary environmental problems.

Table of Contents

Archaeology, Marine Ecology, and Human Impacts on Marine Environmentsp. 1
Short and Sometimes Sharp: Human Impacts on Marine Resources in the Archaeology and History of South Polynesiap. 21
Aleut Hunters, Sea Otters, and Sea Cows: Three Thousand Years of Interactions in the Western Aleutian Islands, Alaskap. 43
Historical Ecology and Human Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems of the Santa Barbara Channel Region, Californiap. 77
Long-Term Effects of Human Predation on Marine Ecosystems in Guerrero, Mexicop. 103
Ancient Fisheries and Marine Ecology of Coastal Perup. 125
Human Impacts on Marine Environments in the West Indies During the Middle to Late Holocenep. 147
Possible Prehistoric Fishing Effects on Coastal Marine Food Webs in the Gulf of Mainep. 165
Codfish and Kings, Seals and Subsistence: Norse Marine Resource Use in the North Atlanticp. 187
Historical Ecology of the North Sea Basin: An Archaeological Perspective and Some Problems of Methodologyp. 215
Twenty Thousand Years of Fishing in the Strait: Archaeological Fish and Shellfish Assemblages from Southern Iberiap. 243
Human Impact on Precolonial West Coast Marine Environments of South Africap. 279
Archaeology, Historical Ecology, and the Future of Ocean Ecosystemsp. 297
Indexp. 309
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