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Climate Science and Ancient History: Decoding “Human” and “Natural” Archives - 27-28/11/2018, Basel (Switzerland)

18.04.2018

 

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In this colloquium we want to discuss the challenges connected to a joint interpretation of human and natural archives in the ancient Mediterranean, the problems inherent in a collaboration between ancient historians and the natural sciences (terminology, project design, publication culture), methods to solve discrepancies between information gained from the textual and archaeological evidence on the one hand and tree rings, ice cores and speleothems on the other one, the methodological difficulties in distinguishing between correlation and causality, and methods of assessing the impact of climatic variability or change on ancient societies without oversimplifying their causal connections. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Jürg Luterbacher (Giessen) on “Reconstructing Climate back to Greek and Roman Times: Challenges, Opportunities, and Uncertainties”.

 

FECHA/DATE/DATA : 27-28/11/2018

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Departement Altertumswissenschaften, Basel Universität, (Basel, Switzerland)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Sabine R. Huebner; The Basel Climate Science and Ancient History Lab.


INFO: PDF - sabine.huebner@unibas.ch

 

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Tuesday, November 27

 

13:30 Welcome & Introduction

 

Panel Chair: Sabine R. Huebner

 

14:00 ADAM W. SCHNEIDER (UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER):

“New Data for an Old Question: New Paleoclimate Proxy Archives and their Potential Implications for Understanding Societal Disruptions in the Archaic Aegean during the 8th–7th Centuries BC”

 

14:30 RUBEN POST (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA):

“Perceptions of and Responses to Climate Change in Classical and Hellenistic Greece”

 

15:00 ANTON BONNIER (UPPSALA UNIVERSITY):

“Domesticated Landscapes of the Peloponnese: Speleothem Data, Climate Variability and Land-Use Dynamics in the Hellenistic and Roman Peloponnese”

 

15:30 JOANA SEGUIN (CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITY, KIEL):

“Lake Stymphalia Sediment Record Reveals Late Antiquity Temperature Fluctuations in Southern Greece”

 

16:00 Coffee Break

Panel Chair: Serena Causo

 

16:30 PAUL ERDKAMP (VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL):

“Climate Change and the Productive Landscape in the Mediterranean in the Roman period”

 

17:00 COSIMO DAMIANO DIELLA & SARAH MURGOLO

(UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE & UNIVERSITY OF BONN):

“Between Archeology and Geology. Climate Changes and Variation of the Coastline in Central – Northern Apulia: The Roman city of Salapia and Ariscianne District (Barletta, Italy)”

 

17:30 General Discussion

 

18:00 Apéro

 

18:30 Keynote Lecture

JÜRG LUTERBACHER (JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN):

“Reconstructing Climate back to Greek and Roman Times: Challenges, Opportunities, and Uncertainties”

 

20:00 Conference Dinner

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 28

 

Panel Chair: Matthias Stern

 

09:00 JOSEPH MANNING (YALE UNIVERSITY):

“Volcanic Forcing of Nile Variability and Ptolemaic History?”

 

09:30 SABINE R. HUEBNER & MARKUS STOFFEL

(UNIVERSITY OF BASEL & UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA):

“Reconstructing Egyptian Climate during the Graeco-Roman Millennium: Natural and Human Archives”

 

10:00 PAUL KELLY (KING’S COLLEGE LONDON):

“Climate Risks and the Economy of Roman Egypt”

 

10:30 Coffee Break

 

11:00 IRENE SOTO (UNIVERSITY OF BASEL):

“Beyond the Nile: Wells, Desertification, and Economic Resilience in the Western Oases of Roman Egypt”

 

11:30 General Discussion

 

12:00 Lunch Break

Panel Chair: Irene Soto

 

14:00 JOSEPH R. MCCONNELL (DESERT RESEARCH INSTITUTE, NEVADA):

“Lead Pollution Archived in Greenland Ice as a Proxy for Economic Activity during European Antiquity”

 

14:30 JONATHAN P. STANFILL (UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND):

“A Deafening Silence: The Challenges of Writing an Environmental History of the Goths”

 

15:00 ADAM IZDEBSKI (MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE, JENA):

“Was Byzantium Resilient to Climate Change? State of the Question and Ways Forward”

 

15:30 Coffee Break

 

Panel Chair: Jürg Luterbacher

 

16:00 MATTHEW JACOBSON (UNIVERSITY OF READING):

“A Collapse of Himyar? Correlative Causality and South Arabia in the 6th Century CE”

 

16:30 LIANG EMLYN YANG (CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITY, KIEL):

“The Role of Environment in the Socio-Cultural Changes along the Historical Silk Road in Central Asia”

 

17:00 Final Discussion

 

 

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