Environmental Archaeology: The End of the Road?

  • Umberto Albarella
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Despite attempts made in the last 15 years to revitalise it in a new light, environmental archaeology no longer has a valid interpretative value and should be left confined to the history of research. In this commentary, I discuss some of the reasons why I regard the concept to be more confusing than helpful and compare it with the state of discussion in 2001, at the time of the publication of Environmental Archaeology: Meaning and Purpose.


Archaeology Environment Nature Culture Society 



I would like to thank Evangelia Pişkin for kindly asking me to write this short commentary and Simon Davis for feedback on an earlier version.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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