The Center for Mediterranean Archeology and the Environment has developed from a long tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration between leading scholars in anthropology, dendrochronology, radiocarbon analysis and geosciences at the University of Arizona.
By combining our different perspectives and methodologies for reconstructing the past, we aim to gain a greater and more highly resolved picture of past human experience in the cradle of Old World civilizations. We seek to study the chronological relationships between societies against the background of an ever-changing environment; To understand the true impact and timing of sudden, short term catastrophic events on human populations and to answer questions of survival and collapse poignant to our modern world.
“ …archaeological knowledge is not created in a finished, definitive state but refined over iterative cycles of interaction between a number of partners.”
Research by members of CMATE
Please explore some examples of the research projects being undertaken by members of the Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Environment.