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Bastiaan Van Dalen

Postgraduate Research

Since the start of my career, I have been interested in the application of archaeological knowledge to contemporary global challenges. Currently, my work focuses on the potential of archaeology to not only improve our understanding of the dynamics of sustainability but also to actively address the associated contemporary challenges in tropical forest environments. With my doctoral research, I am attempting to quantitatively and qualitatively study pre-colonial (un)sustainability across the Neotropics.

To do so, I have developed an experimental methodology with which I track environmental, economic, and social sustainability throughout the past in a variety of preindustrial societies based on a set of indicators, allowing objective comparative study on this topic.

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