Project summary:

Building on work carried out in over the last two years, this project will complete scientific analyses that will illuminate water and watershed management and demographic dynamics in its study areas, which are: the Maya region, the landscape around Rome, and the Greek and Roman cities of the lower Danube. The results of these analyses will provide data for integration into the DataX platform, where they may be compared with analogous data from Planet Texas 2050 projects focused on the present and used to inform models that predict how Texas communities may look in the future. The interactions of water and soil chemistry, paleoclimate, and landscape management have implications for changes Texas is currently undergoing, while genetic, epigenetic, and isotopic analyses of human populations add a demographic dimension at resolutions that will allow us to reconstruct both population dynamics and individual life-histories.

Project team:

Adam Rabinowitz (project lead – Classics), Jay Banner (JSG), Tim Beach (Geography), Deborah Bolnick (UConn), Michael Holleran (Architecture), Jonathan Jarvis (TARL), Melissa Kemp (Integrative Biology)Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (Geography), Lourdes Rodriguez (Pop Health), Astrid Runggaldier (Art & Art History Mesoamerica Center), Rick Smith (Dartmouth), David Stuart (Art & Art History, Mesoamerica Center), Rabun Taylor (Classics), Fred Valdez (Anthropology), and Dennis Wylie (Center for Biomedical Research Support)