This edited volume reflects on the multitude of ways by which humans shape and are shaped by the natural world, and how Archaeology and its cognate disciplines recover this relationship. The structure and content of the book recognize Graeme Barker's pioneering contribution to the scientific study of human-environment interaction, and form a secondary dialectic between his many colleagues and past students and the academic vista which he has helped define. The volume comprises 22 thematic papers, arranged chronologically, each a presentation of front-line research in their respective fields. They mirror the scope of Barker's legacy through a focus on transitions in the human-environment relationship, how they are enacted and perceived. The assembled chapters illustrate how climate, demographic, subsistence, social and ecological change have affected cultures from the Palaeolithic to Historical, from North Africa and West-Central Eurasia to Southeast Asia and China. They also chronicle the innovations and renegotiated relations that communities have devised to meet and exploit the many shifting realities involved withLiving in the Landscape.
Katherine Boyle, BA MSc PhD FSA is Research Facilitator at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and an archaeozoologist specializing in the fauna of pre-Bronze Age western Europe. Ryan J. Rabett, BA PhD FRGS is a Senior Research Associate and archaeozoologist at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, specializing in the process of early human adaptation and colonization of different global environments including Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean and northern Canada. Chris O. Hunt, BA MSc PhD FGS FRGS FSA is Reader in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and previously Reader in Palaeoecology at Queen's University Belfast, with research interests in human-environment interrelationships in the past, and landscape change using geoarchaeology, palynology and molluscs.