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Water at human pace of mankind

L’eau au rythme des hommes 

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Paleontologists and anthropologists work on very different very different "time steps", don't speak the same language, and don't study the same "objects". These differences have given rise to a book chapter on water. In the East African Rift, water is the key resource in socio-ecosystems of the alternating highland and lowland socio-ecosystems. Our observations on water sites from northern Ethiopia to northern Kenya, from the very distant past (over a million years ago) to the present and suggest the importance of this resource. Pearls of life, refuges, evolutionary cul-de-sacs, the "water places" of arid zones present a variety of materials that call for interdisciplinary interdisciplinary methodologies. They open up new perspectives on the past socio ecological socio-ecological dynamics of today's deserts, the evolutionary past of our evolutionary past of our ancestors, and more recently on the resilience of today's resilience of today's pastoral societies. Today, however, we are witnessing a paradigm shift: human activities are having an unprecedented impact on water.
Paleontologists and anthropologists work on very different "time scales", don't speak the same language, and don't study the same "objects". These differences have given rise to a book chapter on water. In the East African Rift, water is the key resource of alternating highland and lowland socio-ecosystems. Our observations of water sites from northern Ethiopia to northern Kenya, from the very distant past (beyond a million years) to the historical and current period, suggest the importance of this resource. Beads of life, refuges, evolutionary cul-de-sacs, the "water places" of arid zones present a variety of materials that call for interdisciplinary methodologies. They open up new perspectives on the past socio-ecological dynamics of today's desert areas, on the evolutionary past of our ancestors, and more recently on the resilience of today's pastoral societies. Today, however, we are witnessing a paradigm shift: human activities are having an unprecedented impact on water.
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hal-04294601 , version 1 (20-11-2023)

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Doris Barboni, Benoit Hazard. L’eau au rythme des hommes . Le grand Rift Africain, à la confluence des temps, CNRS, Collège de France, GDR rift, Nov 2023, Paris, France. pp.114-119. ⟨hal-04294601⟩
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