For the last five years, researchers affiliated with
HRAF's Advanced Research Center
have conducted cross-cultural and cross-archaeological research on the possible effects of natural hazards and other ecological stressors on culture.
Our three recently published papers have asked the following questions:
1) Is subsistence diversification a common strategy in societies facing more hazards and resource stress?
2) Is cultural tightness more likely with greater ecological stress?
3) What kinds of societies were more resilient following the catastrophic darkening of the skies in 536-547 CE in the northern hemisphere?
Can we learn from the past how best to adapt to environmental unpredictability? Examining indigenous practices may help suggest practical sustainable solutions for food insecurity in response to climate change.