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Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galapagos Islands : A Legacy of Human Occupation, Hardback Book

Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galapagos Islands : A Legacy of Human Occupation Hardback

Part of the Society and Ecology in Island and Coastal Archaeology series

Description

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world's premiere nature attractions, home to unique ecosystems widely thought to be untouched and pristine.

Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galapagos Islands reveals that the archipelago is not as isolated as many imagine, examining how centuries of human occupation have transformed its landscape. This book shows that the island chain has been a part of global networks since its discovery in 1535 and traces the changes caused by human colonization.

Central to this history is the sugar plantation Hacienda El Progreso on San Cristobal Island.

Here, zooarchaeological and archaeobotanical evidence documents the introduction of exotic species and landscape transformations, and material evidence attests that inhabitants maintained connections to the outside world for consumer goods. Beyond illuminating the human history of the islands, the authors also look at the impact of visitors to Galapagos National Park today, raising questions about tourism's role in biological conservation, preservation, and restoration.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Archaeology
  • ISBN: 9780813066271

Also by Peter W. Stahl

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