Hidden on the estate of Herstmonceux Castle, in the south of England, are important clues about the enduring and troubled relationship between man and nature. Our project aims to understand changes to human settlement on the Herstmonceux estate, transformed during a time of intense climate change, to determine the impact of nature on settlement patterns and land use. In short, we will gauge how expanding ice, rising sea levels, increased storms in the North Atlantic, and rampant floods changed the way people in late medieval southern England lived. The insights we gain have implications for how people today frame problems of climate change. They highlight, first of all, that nature has always had a role in shaping human history, and, second, that challenges of climate are old, not new. Environment has always defined how humans organize our civlizations, how culture manifests, and the extent to which we succeed - or fail - as a species.
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