- Mar 2018
Archaeologists might also identify decreases in population, but this is not their primary characteristic of collapse
The argument laid out in the last few paragraphs is pretty weak and kind of strange. What exactly is the author even trying to say? Nearly everyone in pop-culture (e.g. Diamond) who talks about environmental collapse acknowledges that such events are incredibly complex and many factors are involved. To pretend that the archaeologists' definitions given above conflict heavily with the notion of collapse that pervades popular culture is disingenuous. (At least popular intellectual culture— that is, conversations occurring in written media, not, say, movies like "The Day After Tomorrow").