Meeting Summary: Building on the momentum of the ongoing ArchaeoEcology Working Group that has met at the Santa Fe Institute starting in 2017, participants are convening at the Hakai Institute on Quadra Island, British Columbia to spend a week intensively working with other participants to advance the project. The ArchaeoEcology Project examines the ways that pre-industrial humans manipulated the biotic environment for food, clothing, shelter, ritual and other purposes. A key goal of the project is to develop a multi-interaction ecological network framework for new data compilation and analysis. By developing and comparing examples from the archaeological past where we know the trajectories of coupled natural-human systems, we are laying the foundations for a new research agenda useful for exploring the sustainability of past, present and future systems.
At this meeting participants will spend time analyzing data, working on several papers that are in progress, and discussing next steps for the project. Several high-profile synthetic papers are well underway, including one that examines how archaeological data can be useful for studying the modern world. Following three prior meetings at SFI, the group is meeting at Quadra Island, hosted by the Hakai Institute, which serves two purposes. First, it allows us to further cement ties with the Northwest North American Coast contingent of the working group and the Hakai Institute. Second, it will provide working group participants firsthand exposure to one of our key study systems.