PREHISTORIC RESOURCE PROCUREMENT IN THE CENTRAL MESA VERDE REGION: A STUDY OF HUMAN MOBILITY AND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS USING GIS

Fumiyasu Arakawa, Christopher Nicholson

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Abstract

The use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) in the study of lithic procurement patterns provides crucial information about energy expenditure and territoriality of prehistoric communities. Cost-weight analyses calculate proxy energetic expenditures of agents who transport lithic materials from a quarry to the nearest habitation site. Illustrating energy expenditure values onto maps helps us understand changes in toolstone procurement patterns through time. Comparing energy expenditure values from one time period to another also demonstrates when agents developed the sense of territoriality. This research investigates how the central Mesa Verde Puebloans utilised resources on their landscape from A.D. 600 to 1280.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-100
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing
Volume3
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cost-Weight Analysis
  • Lithic Procurement
  • Mesa Verde

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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