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Origins of Human Behavior and Culture #06: Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages: Models of Central Mesa Verde Technology

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Ancestral Pueblo farmers encountered the deep, well watered, and productive soils of the central Mesa Verde region of Southwest Colorado around A.D. 600, and within two centuries built some of the largest villages known up to that time in the U.S. Southwest. But one hundred years later, those villages were empty, and most people had gone. This cycle repeated itself from the mid-A.D. 1000s until 1280, when Puebloan farmers permanently abandoned the entire northern Southwest. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book examines how climate change, population size, interpersonal conflict, resource depression, and changing social organization contribute to explaining these dramatic shifts. Comparing the simulations from agent-based models with the precisely dated archaeological record from this area, this text will interest archaeologists working in the Southwest and in Neolithic societies around the world as well as anyone applying modeling techniques to understanding how human societies shape, and are shaped by the environments we inhabit.

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and#147;Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages integrates an impressive amount of data on past human settlement, subsistence, climate and resource availability in the Mesa Verde region. A truly groundbreaking work of superior scholarship.and#8221; --Michael Adler, editor of The Prehistoric Pueblo World, A.D. 1150-1350

About the Author

Timothy A. Kohler is Regents Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Mark D. Varien is Research and Education Chair at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

1

Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages in the Central Mesa Verde: An Introduction

Timothy A. Kohler and Mark D. Varien

2

The Study Area and the Ancestral Pueblo Occupation

Scott G. Ortman, Donna M. Glowacki, Mark D. Varien, and C. David Johnson

3

Low-Frequency Climate in the Mesa Verde Region: Beef Pasture Revisited

Aaron M. Wright

4

Simulation Model Overview

Timothy A. Kohler

5

Modeling Paleohydrologic System Structure and Function

Kenneth E. Kolm and Schaun M. Smith

6

Modeling Agricultural Productivity and Farming Effort

Timothy A. Kohler

7

Modeling Plant and Animal Productivity and Fuel Use

C. David Johnson and Timothy A. Kohler

8

Supply, Demand, Return Rates, and Resource Depression: Hunting in the Village Ecodynamics World

Jason A. Cowan, Timothy A. Kohler, C. David Johnson, Kevin Cooper, and R. Kyle Bocinsky

9

How Hunting Changes the VEP World, and How the VEP World Changes Hunting

R. Kyle Bocinsky, Jason A. Cowan, Timothy A. Kohler, and C. David Johnson

10

Exercising the Model: Assessing Changes in Settlement Location and Efficiency

Timothy A. Kohler, R. Kyle Bocinsky, Stefani Crabtree, and Ben Ford

11

Simulating Household Exchange with Cultural Algorithms

Ziad Kobti

12

Tool-Stone Procurement in the Mesa Verde Core Region Through Time

Fumiyasu Arakawa

13

Population Dynamics and Warfare in the Central Mesa Verde Region

Sarah M. Cole

14

Characterizing Community Center (Village) Formation in the VEP Study Area, A.D. 600-1280

Donna M. Glowacki and Scott G. Ortman

15

The Rise and Collapse of Villages in the Central Mesa Verde Region

Timothy A. Kohler

Bibliography

Appendix A

Appendix B

Notes on Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520270145
Subtitle:
Models of Central Mesa Verde Archaeology
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Varien, Mark D.
Author:
Kohler, Timothy A.
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Origins of Human Behavior and Culture
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20120410
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 color illustrations, 12 b/w photograp
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1 in 2.02 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies

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and#147;Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages integrates an impressive amount of data on past human settlement, subsistence, climate and resource availability in the Mesa Verde region. A truly groundbreaking work of superior scholarship.and#8221; --Michael Adler, editor of The Prehistoric Pueblo World, A.D. 1150-1350
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