An archaeologist and historian by training, Sander van der Leeuw’s research interests include archaeological theory, ancient ceramic technologies, regional archaeology, ancient and modern man-land relationships, geographic information system (GIS) and modeling, and complex systems theory. In February 2004, he joined Arizona State University (ASU) as professor of anthropology and director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. He is dean of the School of Sustainability and codirector of the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at ASU.

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There are many historical case studies of past societies that show how they waxed and waned in the face of climate, technology, war, and disease. Classic examples include the collapse of the Mayan civilization due to land stress, warfare, and climate change and the end of the Roman Empire due to its overextension and financial […]

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The Comtat Vénaissin plain is a small area in Southern France with such a specific economy and strong internal organization that it can be considered as a separate socio-environmental unit, even though it is currently part of the Vaucluse département. It was part of the papal domain until 1814, when it was officially recognized as […]

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