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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 48
Title: An Integrated Millennial and Centennial History for our Present and Future
Lead Author: Scarborough, Vernon L
Abstract: What will the world be like in 2050? Some have stated that these next 40 years will be crucial to our survival as a species striving for a just and civilized world, given escalating deleterious changes to our environments and the resources on which we have grown dependant. The biophysical scientific community will continue to work hard to find technological fixes and will surely produce applicable deliverables. But there are those unintended consequencesalways. The proposed approach argues for identifying a few regions globally and working with several disciplines inclusive of anthropological archaeology and its understanding of past life ways and social institutions to meaningfully model explanations for our culminating cultural present. What were the social adaptations made to changing environmental conditions, and in turn, how have societies reacted to their own changing trajectories? What social structures and environmental conditions have allowed and continue to allow long-term resilience. We provide a focused introduction to one region of the worldthe ancient Maya Lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula. The methods suggested for examining the Maya region have been initiated, and we see a fundamental role for graduate training in expediting the kinds of information and knowledge required.
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