Throughout history, people at different cultural and evolutionary stages have found ways to adapt to the gradual warming of their environment. They did so with varying successes. But now that climate change is progressing faster than ever, can the past inform the future?
Yes, say an international team of anthropologists, geographers and earth scientists in Canada, the U.S. and France led by Université de Montréal anthropologist Ariane Burke.
Climate change archaeology combines the study of environmental conditions and archaeological information.
What scientists want to identify is a turning point in climate history that has encouraged people to reorganize their societies to survive.