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Book: Mediterranean Resilience

Chapter: Micro-geoarchaeology: An Essential Component in the Detection and Decipherment of Resilience, Collapse, and Adaptation

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41497


Since its inception, geoarchaeology has proved to be essential to the discipline of archaeology. Traditional geoarchaeology, a research field closely linked to geomorphology and pedology, contributed important insights regarding societal resilience, collapse, and adaptation, primarily through studies of regional environmental changes. The aim of this paper is to present a conceptual framework in which micro-geoarchaeology, the field of research that focuses on the study of anthropogenic material culture remains from a microscopic perspective, plays a pivotal role in addressing societal resilience, collapse, and adaptation. The dialogue between macro- and microscopic archaeological evidence used to address these broad subjects is discussed, along with three case study examples from the Mediterranean region.

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