The desert and the pastoralist: An archaeological perspective on human- Landscape interaction in the Negev over the millennia

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Abstract

Analysis of patterns of settlement over the long term in the Negev, the desert of southern Israel, reflects repeated cycles of demographic decline and florescence, ostensibly cycles of desertification and re-colonization or growth. Although these periods of decline can be associated with parallel declines in production, and sometimes landscape degradation, these episodes of desertification cannot be tied to pastoral over-exploitation. The linkage between overgrazing and desertification in the Negev appears to be exclusively a modern one, and extrapolation of modern processes and conditions into the deep past is unwarranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-309
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Arid Zone
Volume50
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Desertification
  • Negev
  • Nomadism
  • Overgrazing
  • Pastoralism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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