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ramseymorag@gmail.com # Posted on March 18, 2014 at 20:12

Response to Sunday Sabbath by Morag Ramsey.

Thanks for the thorough response Sabbath.

I found Rackham’s account of ancient Greek ecology very interesting as well, and I had very little idea to what extent contemporary ecologists and such relied on written documents from the time. While there are obvious traps to look out for with oral and written history, I found it fascinating that pollen samples could confuse people’s interpretation of data as well, as Rackham’s article mentioned the similarities between maquis, savannah and tree pollen samples.

Your response reminded me, once again, of how interdisciplinary studies are being stressed to us throughout this course. As you mentioned, Rackham encourages a multipronged attack when it comes to assessing information, such as including using modern scientific tools with reading ancient maps.

I hope you are right that environmental history will be one of the disciplines that contributes to demystifying certain factoids!