6024 An Archaeology of Urban Futures

Sunday, February 19, 2012: 8:30 AM
Room 114-115 (VCC West Building)
Paul Sinclair , Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Climate change focuses on problems of megacities, yet smaller cities are growing rapidly. This paper assembles archaeological, Geographical Information Systems, and paleoenvironmental analyses of settlement development underpinning urban processes. Examples from western Asia, Mesopotamia, and southern Africa combine historical ecology, complex systems, and resilience theory. This approach emphasizes cities as cognitive constructs, providing insights into planning for sustainable urban futures.