The LR session titled "Agro-pastoral Adaptations to Holocene Climate Change in the Greater Near East" will focus on various aspects such as the Holocene climate change, varieties of adaptive behaviors among the agro-pastoralist groups in the Near East as well as case studies of such adaptations. The discussion will be led by Isaac Ullah, Tom Levy, and Bulent Arikan.
Isaac will share his research experience on using historical climate records with the intention to use them as input data into calibration simulations. Isaac will share his research about the usefulness of historical records such as daily precipitation records in the wider research on paleoclimatic changes. He will also inform us about the challenges of the research he has been leading at SDSU.
Tom will provide a general framework of Holocene climate changes based on his recent work in the Eastern Mediterranean. He will provide the paleoclimatic background for the discussions on the range of environmental perturbations/challenges that agro-pastoral societies might have faced. In his discussion, he will also provide specific examples from the Levant about the range of adaptive behaviors.
Bulent will be discussing the Holocene paleoclimatic changes from the Anatolian perspective based on paleoclimate models. Research in eastern and central Anatolia has revealed different paleoclimatic patterns and Holocene climate change has different meanings in these regions. Following this introduction, his discussion will focus on how the first hierarchic society at Arslantepe in eastern Anatolia might have adapted to changes in the seasonality of precipitation by adapting site-tethered pastoralism.
We are hopeful that the audience will also be part of the discussion on these topics.
We hope to see you there!