Stanford Assistant Professor Krish Seetah and Reading University student Rose Calis analyze animal bones in the basement of Riga Castle, Latvia. Credit: Aleks Pluskowski
researchers have discovered that pagan villages plundered by medieval
knights during the little-known Baltic Crusades had some problems in
common with the modern-day global village.
Among them: deforestation, asymmetric warfare and species extinction.
to a research paper published in Science, a project investigating the
Baltic Crusades' profound environmental legacy could yield valuable
insight into colonialism, cultural changes and ecological exploitation –
relevant issues not only throughout history, but especially in today's
increasingly globalized society.
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