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Fire, Climate, and Society in the Ancient Southwest: Ancient Lessons for a Sustainable Future?
Start Date: 4/28/2016Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 4/28/2016

Event Description
Dr. Christopher Roos, Southern Methodist University

In the Southwest US, a century of fire suppression has turned old growth forests into tinderboxes that burn in increasingly destructive ways as the climate warms. But do all fire-climate-society relationships conform to this story? Southwestern pine forests have been home to American Indian communities for millennia. How did these communities cope with – and impact – these flammable forests through variable climates? What lessons might we learn from these experiences? Dr. Christopher Roos brings archaeological, tree-ring, and geological information together to weave a story of human and climatic impacts on Arizona’s fire-prone forests over the last millennium to illuminate pathways towards stainable fire-climate-society relationships.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Hatfield Library  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Hatfield Room
Contact Information:
Name: Leslie Whitaker
Phone: 503-370-6615
Email: lwhitake@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Event Sponsor(s):
Center for Ancient Studies & Archaeology (CASA), Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, and Environmental and Earth Sciences Department.

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