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Felix Riede

A field archaeological perspective on the Anthropocene

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  • Felix Riede
  • Christina Vestergaard Sørensen, Denmark
  • Kristoffer H. Fredensborg, Denmark
In a recent Antiquity debate, Todd Braje and respondents discuss the merits or otherwise of the recently proposed and hotly contested geological ‘Age of Man’—the Anthropocene. These papers make a useful contribution to the rapidly growing literature on this epoch-in-the-making (cf. Swanson et al.2015). Recent publications by members of the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG; http://quaternary.stratigraphy.org/workinggroups/anthropocene/) suggest a start date for this epoch of c. 1950 (Zalasiewicz et al.2015; Waters et al.2016; Zalasiewicz & Waters 2016), the adoption of which would challenge archaeology as a discipline concerned with deep-time socio-ecological dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere7
JournalAntiquity
Volume90
Issue354
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
ISSN0003-598X
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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