Further remarks on the #Anthropocene; archaeologists want in!

A few days ago I summarized three different approaches to the Anthropocene. And over at the Topograph, a new post has offered some further reflections on the topic. These are worth a read.

Also, a new essay came out in Science on how archaeologists want in on the discussion. Here is a summary:

Archaeologists Say the ‘Anthropocene’ Is Here—But It Began Long Ago

A vocal group of geologists and other scientists are pushing to define a new geological epoch, marked by climatic and environmental change caused by humans. At the Society for American Archaeology meetings in Honolulu, archaeologists argued that it’s high time for their field, which studies humans and their activities over geological time, to have a greater voice in the debate. The archaeologists agreed that human impacts on the Earth are dramatic enough to merit a new epoch name—but they also argued that such an epoch should start thousands of years ago, rather than focusing on a relatively sudden planet-wide change.

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