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Join the first Global Assessment of Archaeological Knowledge on Land Use


The ArchaeoGlobe Project is a “massively collaborative effort” (see Gowers & Nielsen 2009) to assess archaeological knowledge on human land use across the globe over the past 10,000 years.

Join our broad network of archaeologists to share your expert knowledge on past land use across the globe, through a questionnaire on regional land use in 10 distinct timeslices (10,000 bp, 8,000 bp, 6,000 bp, 4,000 bp, 3,000 bp, 2,000 bp, 1,000 bp, 1500 CE, 1750 CE, 1850 CE). With your regional expertise, we can build the first global inventory of archaeological expert knowledge on Earth’s long-term transformation by human use of land.

All results now available as #opendata in the ArchaeoGLOBE Harvard DataVerse

View the global map of regions and subregions in Google Maps.
ArchaeoGlobe Survey Structure DiagramView the regions without Google Maps

Archaeologists completing the questionnaire for at least 4 subregions are listed as co-authors on the resulting paper (unless they opt out). Filling out the questionnaire for a single subregion takes 7-10 minutes, so we are asking co-authors to devote 1-2 hours of their time. Coauthors are invited to participate further in paper production, as desired.

  • Questionnaire-based approach, ‘crowdsourcing’ expert knowledge
  • Co-authorship for substantial knowledge contributions
  • Assess levels of knowledge on four land use categories:
    • Foraging/hunting/gathering/fishing
    • Extensive agriculture
    • Intensive agriculture
    • Pastoralism
  • >1300 Archaeologists invited by email
  • 255 archaeologists have already contributed; >105 as coauthors

The Questionnaire went live May 18, 2018 and closed to new contributors July 31, 2018.

Contact Lucas Stephens for more information, and to join the project: <lucas.s.stephens@gmail.com>

Lucas Stephens, University of Maryland Baltimore CountyUniversity of Pennsylvania

Dorian Fuller,  Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Torben Rick, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Nicole Boivin, Department of ArchaeologyMax Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Erle Ellis, Geography & Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County

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NSF LogoThis project is supported by an NSF supplement to the GLOBE Project at UMBC.

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