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 The Fifth International Workshop for African Archaeobotany will be held 2-5 July, 2006
at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. For scheduled papers and absracts select days below.






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Tuesday, 4 July, 2006

Session: Agricultural beginnings: cultivation, domestication and early dispersal

Environment change and agricultural transformation: Emerging concepts from a biodiverse area with little archaeology

Rob Marchant, Antje Ahrends, Jemma Finch
Environment Department, University of York

Understanding ecosystem response to environmental variability, how this impacts on ecosystem dynamics, and how this may develop over the past, present and an uncertain future requires novel approaches. Although information is available to demonstrate the responsive nature of tropical montane ecosystems to human-induced change, principally from pollen, biogeographical data and / or future model scenarios, this is generally not available from the same location, and rarely in a format suitable for policy development. For the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya, an area regarded as one of the world’s hotspots of plant biodiversity, an overview is presented of a new research initiative - The York Institute of Tropical Ecosystem Dynamics. The presentation will outline tools to be employed to investigate ecosystem response to past human impacts, in particular methodological implications of combining information on past environmental change, present-day species ranges and modelling initiatives to explore past anthropogenic impacts on ecosystem dynamics. Such research is increasingly important as improved forecasting of human impacts on ecosystem functioning is used for developing conservation policy.


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