CU Museum of Natural History
Henderson Building, CU Boulder Campus
Boulder, CO 80309
Insights from the Past for a Warming World
Dr. Scott Ingram (Colorado College)
Many of us have heard the cautionary statement: “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” What does this mean, is it true, and how (specifically) can the past inform the present and future? Given the urgency of local to global sustainability problems, archaeologists must make progress finding and translating useful insights from the past for the public and policymakers. Relying on archaeological and dendroclimatological data and interpretations from the North American Southwestern past (e.g., 1100 to 1500 CE), specific examples will be provided that demonstrate insights from the past that can and should inform the present and future of a warming world.