Environmental History and Archaeology: A Summer Spent at the Excavation of a Late Antique Infant Cemetery in Umbria, Italy
For environmentally-minded historians, and particularly for those of us who study periods that suffer from a scarcity of written sources, archaeological data can be crucial. Excavations give insight into past material culture, providing information about past societies that is absent from the written record and offering tangible evidence of human interactions with the natural world. Yet, despite its many benefits, interpreting archaeological data isn’t easy, and shouldn’t be taken on lightly by those unfamiliar with the field. This summer, I had the opportunity to spend five weeks excavating at La Villa Romana Di Poggio Gramignano, a Roman villa-turned Late Antique infant cemetery in Umbria, Italy. Read more on the blog.
Georgetown Environmental History recently sat down with renowned Brazilian environmental historian José Augusto Pádua in Rio de Janeiro to have a conversation about fires and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. We asked him about the relationship between fire and deforestation, the history of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, and who is responsible for the recent surge in deforestation. Check out the video on our blog for his answers.
Professor Bathsheba Demuth Lecture on Whale Culture and Adaptation in the Bering Strait, October 10, 2019, 5:00-7:00 pm
Georgetown Environmental History is hosting environmental historian Bathsheba Demuth of Brown University, who is presenting research from her critically acclaimed book Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. Her talk is Thursday, October 10, at 5:00 pm in the McShain Lounge in McCarthy Hall. See our coming up page for details.