Audio Commentaries


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Archaeology, History and Sustainability

Commentary by Dr. Joseph Tainter


Dr. Tainter, Director of the Cultural Heritage Research Project, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and author of several books about archaeological approaches to sustainability, offers three examples of distinctly different approaches to sustainability challenges faced by different civilizations over the past 2000 years.


Archaeology of the Modern World: Lessons for Sustainable Development

Commentary by Dr. Don Hardesty


Dr. Hardesty, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Reno, specializes in worldwide archaeology of the last 500 years. Here he offers examples showing how archaeology of the recent past can teach us how to avoid repeating our mistakes.


On the Protection of China's Cultural Heritage

Commentary by Mr. He Shuzhong


The Director of Cultural Heritage Watch, Beijing, China, comments on the prospects for protection of China's cultural heritage sites.


Archaeology and the WTC Atrocity

Commentary by Dr. William L. Rathje


Dr. Rathje, Research Professor at the Stanford Archaeology Center and an archaeologist deeply committed to modern applications of archaeology, shares his thoughts on the September 11 catastrophe.


A Fragile Balance: Population and Environment in Early State Societies

Commentary by Dr. Christopher Scarre


Dr. Scarre, Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute at the University of Cambridge and a specialist in early state societies, offers his views on what the modern world can learn from the experience of ancient civilizations who faced critical environmental challenges.