Vernon L. Scarborough

2009, January 15–17
IHOPE–Maya: Tropical Sustainability from an Ancient ContextShort SeminarIHOPE–Maya: Tropical Sustainability from an Ancient ContextTen archaeologists interested in semitropical ecosystems and working primarily in the Maya Lowlands gathered to discuss what their data sets can tell us about the impact that early civilization had on the biophysical environment, as well as how such information can grant useful knowledge to humans living on an overexploited planet today.
2008, January 24–27
Short SeminarArchaeology and Sustainability—IHOPEThis seminar brought together archaeologists and climatologists dedicated to furthering archaeology's contributions to debates over sustainability. The group discussed two projects: one concerning the socio-environmental dynamics of a number of past societies, and another focusing on water as an issue of the past and present.
2005
A Catalyst for IdeasSAR Press PublicationA Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropological Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. SchwartzIn his thirty-four years as president of the School of American Research, Douglas W. Schwartz's far-reaching vision placed SAR on the intellectual edge of research about humans across the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in his influence on the field of anthropological archaeology.
2005, March 29–30
Short SeminarThe Cycles of Social and Environmental Complexity in Lowland Latin AmericaAs part of an ongoing institutional collaboration, SAR interim president George Gumerman co-chaired a March planning seminar with Santa Fe Institute (SFI) research professor J. Stephen Lansing.
2003
The Flow of PowerSAR Press PublicationThe Flow of Power: Ancient Water Systems and LandscapesThis book is the first longitudinal study to consider water management worldwide since Karl Wittfogel put forth his “hydraulic societies” hypothesis nearly two generations ago, and it draws together the diverse debates that seminal work inspired. In so doing, Scarborough offers new models for cross-cultural analysis and prepares the ground for new examinations of power, centralization, and the economy.
2000
Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer ScholarThe Flow of Power: Ancient Water Management and Landscapes
1997, May 18–22
Advanced SeminarEvolving New Strategies for Conserving Cultural PropertiesA special seminar was held in May 1997 to examine the worldwide crisis brought about by the market for antiquities illicitly removed from ancient sites.
1994–1995
Weatherhead Resident ScholarSocial Implications of Hydraulic Systems in Early Complex Society


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