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Pushing the Limits: Disaster Archaeology, Archaeodisasters and Humans Paperback – 27 Jun 2016
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About the Author
Amanda Laoupi, born August 19, 1968, is the founder of the interdisciplinary field of Disaster Archaeology. She has a PhD in Environmental Archaeology (Summa cum Laude) from National and Kapodistrian University in Athens and has done post-doctoral work in Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies. She has an MSc in Environmental Protection and Management. She has worked for the Goulandris Museum of Natural History and for the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) - Center for the Assessment of Natural Hazards and Proactive Planning, as an associate researcher.
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a book treasure that makes you think!
12 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Modern archaeology has become a very "politically correct"science more interested in process on the dig site than revelations on the rise and fall of ancient civilizations. Amanda's work seeks to draw in knowledge from many layers of human experience. She seamlessly flies from mythology, ancient and modern history, religious motives to the effect of cosmic plasma formations and exploding nebulae on the destruction and rise of civilizations! This is a very complete analysis, sure to open the readers eyes to the complexity and unresolved mystery, that is the human race.
Archeology reveals how catastrophe shapes and supports life -- or eliminates it
12 September 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Think of archeology. Rocks, bones, and ruins may pop into the non-academic mind. Not a bad three-word summary of the traditionally multi-disciplinary field involving geology, biology, architecture, and more. Amanda Laoupi opens the field even wider, to the archeology of the cosmos and that of the human mind. Pushing the Limits takes the principles of recent work in Environmental Archeology and Landscape Archeology to the still deeper level of Disaster Archeology and its offshoots, according to which evolution occurs more in starts and jumps than over a quasi-eternal time frame. The ecological footprint of a species and its artifacts has been vulnerable to disaster, collapse, and extinction throughout the evolution of life on Earth. Laoupi begins by describing her methodology and chronologically cataloging known "mega-archeodisasters", from volcanoes and earthquakes to extraterrestrial hazards such as comets and planetary shifts of orbit or revolution and human-induced disasters such as deforestation, erosion, pollution, and war. What the impact of mass extinctions and climate changes on human evolution has been requires research into the anthropology, sociology, economics, and psychology of disaster. How have disasters altered the psyche of the evolving human? Disaster as a weapon of mass extinction or population control is a fascinating chapter with only too few and brief references to epidemics and famines begun or aggravated by human design, creating or taking advantage of mass migrations, plagues, conflicts, and wars usually triggered by environmental breakdown. Here we must refer to studies in "Disaster Diplomacy", disaster mitigation policies, and environmental ethics. Pushing the limits both chronicles and is part of the continuing expansion of our understanding of whole and interrelating systems, a well-researched university textbook to stretch the mind of the general reader.