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Title: Sustainable assumptions : modelling the ecological impacts of pre-pottery Neolithic farming communities in the Levant
Author: Campbell, Dana
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 2571
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2009
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During the Pre-Pottery Neolithic - Pottery Neolithic transition in the Levant, several centuries after the widespread adoption of agriculture and shortly after the adoption of mixed farming, a number of large, formerly successful communities seem to have been abandoned. These apparent settlement transformations are reported to have occurred alongside changes in technology and production, ideological behaviour and the treatment of the dead, and subsistence economy. Whether one views these purported changes as evidence of 'collapse' or not, particular transformations do seem to have taken place and require explanation. Several proposed models attempt to explain why these changes may have occurred, but the anthropogenically induced ecological degradation argument is the most pervasive. While this model has already been tested in a preliminary manner, detailed evaluation of the degradation argument partly based on agronomic research on the ecological impacts of mixed farming is still due.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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