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Isendahl, Christian
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Isendahl, C. (2013). Archaeology’s potential to contribute to pools of agronomic knowledge: a case of applied agro-archaeology in the Bolivian Yungas. In: Matthew Davies and Freda Nkirote (Ed.), Humans and the environment: new archaeological perspectives for the twenty-first century (pp. 135-152). Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Archaeology’s potential to contribute to pools of agronomic knowledge: a case of applied agro-archaeology in the Bolivian Yungas
2013 (English)In: Humans and the environment: new archaeological perspectives for the twenty-first century / [ed] Matthew Davies and Freda Nkirote, Oxford University Press , 2013, p. 135-152Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2013
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146725 (URN)978-0-19-959029-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-02-19 Created: 2011-02-19 Last updated: 2013-04-02
Isendahl, C. (2013). Maya Urban Gardens at Xuch, Campeche, Mexico. In: Amina-Aicha Malek (Ed.), Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology: Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples (pp. 685-690). Bern: Peter Lang
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Maya Urban Gardens at Xuch, Campeche, Mexico
2013 (English)In: Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology: Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples / [ed] Amina-Aicha Malek, Bern: Peter Lang , 2013, p. 685-690Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bern: Peter Lang, 2013
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146722 (URN)
Available from: 2011-02-19 Created: 2011-02-19 Last updated: 2013-04-02
Isendahl, C. & Smith, M. E. (2013). Sustainable agrarian urbanism: The low-density cities of the Mayas and Aztecs. Cities, 31, 132-143
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sustainable agrarian urbanism: The low-density cities of the Mayas and Aztecs
2013 (English)In: Cities, ISSN 0264-2751, E-ISSN 1873-6084, Vol. 31, p. 132-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Maya and Aztec cities exhibited a distinctive kind of low-density urbanism common in ancient Mesoamerica. The non-monumental components of these cities differed from the high-density ancient and historical cities in the Old World that are often considered the norm for pre-modern urbanism. Distinctive features include the practice of intensive agricultural cultivation within urban settlements, residential zones that were dispersed and unplanned, and the arrangement of houses into spatial clusters that served as urban neighborhoods. The residential areas of Maya and Aztec cities resembled modern peri-urban zones and informal settlements. Because of the benefits of smallholder intensive urban agriculture, cities thrived for many centuries, and some were successful for millennia. On the basis of this longevity, we argue that these were sustainable cities, and their form and dynamics may hold lessons for understanding contemporary urbanization processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Elsevier, 2013
Keyword
Maya, Aztec, Urban sustainability, Urban agriculture, Ancient cities, Archaeology
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181737 (URN)10.1016/j.cities.2012.07.012 (DOI)000317246900014 ()
Available from: 2012-10-01 Created: 2012-09-27 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Barthel, S. & Isendahl, C. (2013). Urban gardens, agriculture, and water management: Sources of resilience forlong-term food security in cities. Ecological Economics, 86, 224-234
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Urban gardens, agriculture, and water management: Sources of resilience forlong-term food security in cities
2013 (English)In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, Vol. 86, p. 224-234Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Food security has always been a key resilience facet for people living in cities. This paper discusses lessons for food security fromhistoric and prehistoric cities. The Chicago school of urban sociology established amodernist understanding of urbanism as an essentialist reality separate from its larger life-support system. However, different urban histories have given rise to a remarkable spatial diversity and temporal variation viewed at the global and long-term scales that are often overlooked in urban scholarship.Drawing on two case studies fromwidely different historical and cultural contexts – the Classic Maya civilization of the late first millennium AD and Byzantine Constantinople – this paper demonstrates urban farming as a pertinent feature of urban support systems over the long-term and global scales. We show how urban gardens, agriculture, and water management as well as the linked social–ecological memories of how to uphold such practices over time have contributed to long-term food security during eras of energy scarcity. We exemplify with the function of such local blue–green infrastructures during chocks to urban supply lines. We conclude that agricultural production is not “the antithesis of the city," but often an integrated urban activity that contribute to the resilience of cities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2013
Keyword
Pre-Columbian Maya, Constantinople, Social-ecological resilience, Food security, Agriculture and gardens, Blue-green infrastructure
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181739 (URN)10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.06.018 (DOI)000317803500029 ()
Available from: 2012-10-01 Created: 2012-09-27 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Isendahl, C. (2012). Agro-urban landscapes: the example of Maya lowland cities. Antiquity, 86(334), 1112-1125
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Agro-urban landscapes: the example of Maya lowland cities
2012 (English)In: Antiquity, ISSN 0003-598X, E-ISSN 1745-1744, Vol. 86, no 334, p. 1112-1125Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The author sets out to explain why Maya cities are so dispersed, with a ceremonial core surrounded by spacious neighbourhoods. Using the case study of Xuch, and the judicious application of phosphate analysis, he shows that these were clusters of farmsteads, growing food. Tackling the apparent confrontation of town and country in the same settlement he urges us to reconsider 'urbanism' as being too narrow a term in archaeology. Solutions that combine food production and ritual can be seen as increasingly diverse. The paper provides valuable reflections for archaeologists studying settlement evolution the world over.

Keyword
Maya, pre-Hispanic, urbanism, agriculture, agro-urban landscapes, garden cities, phosphate survey
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-193027 (URN)000312428500011 ()
Available from: 2013-02-04 Created: 2013-01-28 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Isendahl, C. (2012). Agro-urbana landskap. In: Anneli Ekblom, Michel Notelid (Ed.), Miljöhistorier: Personliga, lokala, globala berättelser om dåtid, samtid och framtid. (pp. 45-52). Uppsala: CSD Uppsala och Institution för arkeologi och antik historia, Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Agro-urbana landskap
2012 (Swedish)In: Miljöhistorier: Personliga, lokala, globala berättelser om dåtid, samtid och framtid. / [ed] Anneli Ekblom, Michel Notelid, Uppsala: CSD Uppsala och Institution för arkeologi och antik historia, Uppsala universitet , 2012, p. 45-52Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Säkra matförsörjningssystem är det mest grundläggande problemet för alla städer och ärnyckeln till hållbara urbana system, oavsett plats och tid. Den förhärskandebilden som vi har idag av staden som fenomen präglas i mycket av eurocentrism, recentism och gigantism, eller enkelt uttryckt: på samtida eller sentida förtätade mega-städer av europeisk modell. Denna bild riskerar att blockera vår förmåga att planera och forma nya städer i framtiden, liksom det ofta harförsvårat vår förståelse av andra former av städer i det förflutna. I denna text ges, med utgångspunkt från Maya områdets arkeologi, exempel på andra modeller av städer som kan inspirera oss idag.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: CSD Uppsala och Institution för arkeologi och antik historia, Uppsala universitet, 2012
Keyword
Miljöhistoria, hållbar utveckling, urbanism
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology; History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-189944 (URN)ISBN 978-91-506-2320-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-01-05 Created: 2013-01-05 Last updated: 2013-03-06Bibliographically approved
Isendahl, C., Ticona, J. M. & Calla Maldonado, S. (2012). Cultivating the Yungas: Notes on Current Farming at Rasupampa and Tablas Monte (1ed.). In: Christian Isendahl (Ed.), The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics (pp. 229-259). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cultivating the Yungas: Notes on Current Farming at Rasupampa and Tablas Monte
2012 (English)In: The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics / [ed] Christian Isendahl, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012, 1, p. 229-259Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [es]

En la corriente dominante de economía del desarrollo agrícola los términos agricultura“pre-industrial,” “indígena” y “tradicional” a menudo se utilizan como sinónimos intercambiablespara los sistemas agrarios considerados como algo estático. Sin embargo, lacreciente evidencia de la investigación arqueológica a escala global presenta un panoramaradicalmente diferente; éstas descripciones de los sistemas de producción de alimentos enel pasado sugieren una diversidad espacial y una variación temporal. Un ejemplo de elloes el paisaje agro-arqueológico que recientemente ha sido descubierto en Rasupampa,en la región de los Yungas del Departamento de Cochabamba, Bolivia. Inicialmente investigado,descrito y documentado por Walter Sánchez (2008), estos restos incluyen unavariedad con respecto a tenencia de la tierra, control de la erosión de la capa superior delsuelo y soluciones de gestión del agua que no han sido reportados en una configuraciónsimilar en otras partes de los Andes. Las investigaciones en curso exploran diferentesaspectos de este agro-sistema y la ecología histórica de los Yungas. Una parte importantede esta investigación es conocer las actuales prácticas agrícolas y sistemas agronómicos deconocimiento locales. Este trabajo resume las prácticas actuales de agricultores en Rasupampay las regiones circundantes, a partir de una serie de entrevistas con los agricultoresde la población de Tablas Monte.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012 Edition: 1
Series
Studies in Global Archaeology, ISSN 1651-1255 ; 18
Keyword
Bolivia, Yungas, archaeology, historical ecology, agriculture
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176644 (URN)978-91-506-2289-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-06-25 Created: 2012-06-21 Last updated: 2012-06-25Bibliographically approved
Isendahl, C. (2012). Introducing the Past Ahead (1ed.). In: Christian Isendahl (Ed.), The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics (pp. 7-12). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introducing the Past Ahead
2012 (English)In: The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics / [ed] Christian Isendahl, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012, 1, p. 7-12Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012 Edition: 1
Series
Studies in Global Archaeology, ISSN 1651-1255 ; 18
Keyword
Neotropics, archaeology, historical ecology, language, culture, identity, agriculture
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176642 (URN)978-91-506-2289-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-06-25 Created: 2012-06-21 Last updated: 2012-06-25Bibliographically approved
Isendahl, C. (2012). Investigating Urban Experiences, Deconstructing Urban Essentialism. UGEC (Urbanization & Global Environmental Change) Viewpoints (8), 25-28
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Investigating Urban Experiences, Deconstructing Urban Essentialism
2012 (English)In: UGEC (Urbanization & Global Environmental Change) Viewpoints, ISSN 1935-9160, no 8, p. 25-28Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Keyword
urbanism, urban essentialism, urban farming
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187370 (URN)
Available from: 2012-12-05 Created: 2012-12-05 Last updated: 2012-12-19Bibliographically approved
Isendahl, C. (Ed.). (2012). The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics (1ed.). Uppsala: Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics
2012 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Andean cognition the embodiment of the past is different from many other ways to spatiallyrelate the position of the body to time. This epistemology is for instance expressed in the Quechuaword ñawpa, which signifies that the past is “in front of us;” it is known and can be seen. Seeing andknowing the past in this way reverberates within the historical ecological argument that the presentis contingent with the past and is explicitly reflected within the contributions to this volume. “ThePast Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics” forms a collection of reworkedpapers originally presented in shorter format by archaeologists, anthropologists, and linguists atthe research symposium “Archaeology and Society in Bolivia” organized at Uppsala University bythe editor. The volume includes chapters by Jan-Åke Alvarsson, Lisbet Bengtsson, Roger Blench,Sergio Calla, Christian Isendahl, Carla Jaimes, John Janusek, Adriana Muñoz, Heiko Prümers,Walter Sánchez, Per Stenborg, Juan Marcelo Ticona, and Charlotta Widmark examining a series ofdifferent aspects of agriculture, complex societies, identities, landscape, languages, and urbanism inthe highland and lowland Neotropics that all highlight the significance of the past in the present.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, 2012. p. 262 Edition: 1
Series
Studies in Global Archaeology, ISSN 1651-1255 ; 18
Keyword
Neotropics, archaeology, historical ecology, language, culture, identity, agriculture
National Category
Archaeology
Research subject
Archaeology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176641 (URN)978-91-506-2289-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-01-23 Created: 2012-06-21 Last updated: 2013-01-23Bibliographically approved
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