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date: 18 January 2019

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Drawing on examples from archaeological, historical, and present-day studies of agricultural systems, this chapter addresses five issues. The first is terminology in general, and how communication can fail as well as succeed. The second is fashionable concepts—the complex ideas that humans create and attempt to present through terminology. The third issue concerns Western and modern thought, and involves a reframing of perspectives on present-day hazards in order to show similarities between archaeology and geomorphology. The fourth issue is the non-Western notion of anicca, or impermanence, and its advantages for future studies of the past. The final issue is how archaeology can contribute to future agricultural development.

Keywords: Anthropocene, sustainability, adaptation, coping, hazards, permanence, planning, behaviour

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