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Christian Isendahl

Senior lecturer

Christian Isendahl
Senior lecturer , Deputy Head
archeology
christian.isendahl@gu.se
+46 31 786 4656

Room number: 2415
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 41261 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 Göteborg

About Christian Isendahl

Christian Isendahl (born in 1965; Ph.D., Uppsala University, 2002; Docent, Uppsala University, 2012) is Senior Lecturer (universitetslektor) of archaeology at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg. Previous to taking up my current position in late 2013 I held research posts at the Human Ecology Division, Lund University (2002–2004), Malmö University (2005), and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University (2005–2013).

My main research specialization is the prehistory of the Lowland Maya of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, but I have branched out to study the prehistory of the Central Andes (Bolivia) and the Amazon (Brazil). I am interested in issues of long-term sustainability and resilience and apply a historical ecological lens to study urbanism, farming systems, water management, and socio-political organization, with a particular focus on urban farming.

I am a member of the scientific steering committee of the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) project, the IHOPE-Maya network, and coordinate the World Historical Ecology Network (WHEN; previously based at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University).

My dissertation Common Knowledge: Lowland Maya Urban Farming at Xuch was published in 2002. More recently I edited The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics (2012) and co-edited The Urban Mind: Cultural and Environmental Dynamics (2010) and Ecology, Power, and Religion in Maya Landscapes (2011). I am currently co-editing, with Daryl Stump (York University), the Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology (forthcoming on Oxford University Press).

My most recent papers include, among others, “Growth and Decline in Classic Maya Puuc Political Economies” (with Nicholas P. Dunning and Jeremy A. Sabloff; book chapter, 2014), “Med facit i hand? Hur arkeologisk kunskap kan bidra till en hållbar stadsutveckling” (book chapter, 2014), “Sustainable Agrarian Urbanism: The Low-Density Cities of the Mayas and Aztecs” (with Michael E. Smith; Cities, 2013), “Urban Gardens, Agriculture, and Water Management: Sources of Resilience for Long-Term Food Security in Cities” (with Stephan Barthel; Ecological Economics, 2013), “Using Proximal Soil Sensors and Fuzzy Classification for Mapping Amazonian Dark Earths” (with Mats Söderström et al.; Agricultural and Food Science, 2013), “Maya Urban Gardens at Xuch, Campeche, Mexico” (book chapter, 2013), “Archaeology’s Potential Contribution to Pools of Agronomic Knowledge: A Case of Applied Agro-Archaeology in the Bolivian Yungas” (with Walter Sánchez et al.; book chapter, 2013), “Agro-Urban Landscapes: The Example of Maya Lowland Cities” (Antiquity, 2012), “The Domestication and Early Spread of Manioc (Manihot esculenta Crantz): A Brief Synthesis” (Latin American Antiquity, 2011), and “The Weight of Water: A New Look at Prehispanic Puuc Maya Water Reservoirs” (Ancient Mesoamerica, 2011).

Latest publications

Global urbanization and food production in direct competition for land: Leverage places to mitigate impacts on SDG2 and on the Earth System
Stephan Barthel, Christian Isendahl, Benjamin N. Vis, Axel Drescher, Daniel L. Evans et al.
The Anthropocene Review, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Environment and Landscapes of Latin America’s Past
Vernon L. Scarborough, Christian Isendahl, Samantha Fladd
Global Perspectives on Long Term Community Resource Management, edited by Ludomir R. Lozny and Thomas McGovern, Cham, Springer, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Applied Perspectives on Precolumbian Maya Water Management Systems: What are the Insights for Water Security?
Christian Isendahl, Vernon L. Scarborough, Joel D. Gunn, Nicholas P. Dunning, Scott L. Fedick et al.
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump., Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction: Potential and Pitfalls
Christian Isendahl, Daryl Stump
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump., Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction: Bridging the Past and Present
Christian Isendahl, Daryl Stump
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump., Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction: The Construction of the Present through the Reconstruction of the Past
Christian Isendahl, Daryl Stump
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump., Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction: Approaches and Applications
Christian Isendahl, Daryl Stump
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump., Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Growing the Precolumbian Maya Social-Ecological System from the Bottom Up
Scott Heckbert, Christian Isendahl, Joel D. Gunn, Simon Brewer, Vernon L. Scarborough et al.
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump., Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Conclusion: Anthropocentric Historical Ecology, Applied Archaeology, and the Future of a Usable Past
Christian Isendahl, Daryl Stump
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump , New York, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Introduction: Reviving Past Technologies
Daryl Stump, Christian Isendahl
The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology / edited by Christian Isendahl and Daryl Stump , New York, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

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2011

The Weight of Water: A New Look at Prehispanic Puuc Maya Water Reservoirs
Christian Isendahl
Ancient Mesoamerica, Journal article 2011
Journal article

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