Through a deep history approach linking ancient and contemporary societies we assess the ecosystem impacts of pastoralism in northern Central Asia. This extends from time periods when pastoralism was a relatively novel component of local ecologies and involved limited population densities, through to periods in which it became intensive, coincident with agriculture, and linked to increased sedentism. We draw upon these findings to examine the challenges faced by pastoralists today, and the ways in which archeological data might inform on management decisions into the future.

By Alicia R. Ventresca Miller, Robert Spengler, Ashleigh Haruda, Bryan Miller, Shevan Wilkin, Sarah Robinson, Patrick Roberts, and Nicole Boivin

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