The benefit of big datasets

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2011/01/12/science.1197175

Roman rise and fall ‘recorded in trees’

Environmental determinism or palaeoenvironmental science?

Hypotheses such as this have been discussed for a long time. Causal links being difficult to unequivocally establish between climate change and human activity, large datasets like this can provide a well-dated means to ask some far-reaching archaeological questions. Interesting stuff!

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