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Recent Major Themes and Research Areas in the Study of Human-Environment Interaction in Prehistory

Published on Jan 2, 2019in Environmental Archaeology1.317
· DOI :10.1080/14614103.2018.1560932
W. Christopher Carleton3
Estimated H-index: 3
(SFU: Simon Fraser University),
Mark Collard33
Estimated H-index: 33
(SFU: Simon Fraser University)
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ABSTRACTWe report a study in which we systematically reviewed the recent literature dealing with human-environment interaction in prehistory. We first identified the 165 most highly cited papers pu...
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