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Conference to put climate change in context

Climate change through history is the focus of a conference March 19 – 20 at the University of South Carolina.

Hosted by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA), the conference will feature presentations from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Inn at USC, and from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at SCIAA’s offices at 1321 Pendleton St. All talks are free and open to the public.

“Many people see climate change as a major challenge that we face in our contemporary world,” said Dr. David Goldstein, a visiting scholar at SCIAA and the conference’s organizer. “The reality, as we know, is that, across history, humans have been adjusting to their environments as they settle into seasonal cycles of agriculture and migration.”

Titled “From Field to Table: Historical Ecology of Regional Subsistence Strategies,” the conference focuses on the field of historical ecology, which looks at landscapes and the different ways people have used resources particular to that place.

Some of the talks will focus on South Carolina, including ones on clams, the Great Pee Dee River valley in the late prehistoric period, rice plantations, early native American culture (Mississippian period) in central South Carolina and ecological awareness through Southern food heritage.

Other talks will focus on south Florida, Panama, the Puebloan Southwest, the Andes, central Mexico and the southwestern U.S. The complete conference schedule is available on the Web site:

The SCIAA conference is sponsored by the Historic Columbia Foundation, S.C. Humanities Council, USC’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Archaeological Research Trust.

For more information, visit the Web site above or contact Goldstein at 803-777-8170 or via e-mail at

South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology


SCIAA, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, was established in 1963 as a University of South Carolina research institute and a cultural-resource management agency for the state of South Carolina. To learn more about SCIAA, its research projects and outreach programs, visit the Web site:, or call 803-777-8170.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/15/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/15/10 @ 11:15 AM | Permalink

"From Field to Table: Historical Ecology of Regional Subsistence Strategies"

  • What: Conference on climate change through history
  • Who: South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology to host
  • When: March 19 – 20
  • Where: 1321 Pendleton St.

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