With a long, detailed historical record, a large corpus of archaeological data, and, more recently, a number of sophisticated analyses of current and previous environmental conditions, the Aegean region of the eastern Mediterranean offers a unique setting to explore the evolution of a landscape through time. As expanding world markets continue to encroach upon even the most remote and delicate ecological zones, anthropologists across all sub-disciplines are beginning to find common theoretical and methodological ground within their own discipline and with other ecologically oriented sciences. This volume examines the value of such collaborative research by bringing together archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, ethnoarchaeologists, and ecologists to discuss environmentally related issues that affect the European fringe, with an emphasis on the Aegean region. The contributors bring to light the subtleties involved in understanding the interactive relationship between humans and their environment over time. Students and scholars in a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, ecology, classics, and history, will find this book to be a valuable and original investigation of a dynamic and complex region.
Nick Kardulias is assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at the College of Wooster, the editor of Beyond the Site: Regional Studies in the Aegean Area, and the author of numerous articles. Mark T. Shutes is associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Youngstown State University. Together, Kardulias and Shutes, along with Richard Yerkes, are editors of From Classical to Byzantine: An Interdisciplinary Regional Study of Culture Change in the Korinthia, Greece .