The consequences of social processes: Aggregate populations, projectile point accumulation, and subsistence patterns in the American southwest

Fumiyasu Arakawa, Christopher Nicholson, Jeff Rasic

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Abstract

Tracking broad-scale behavioral patterns using both lithics and fauna! remains offers one tine of evidence for investigating both prehistoric subsistence activities and the consequences of aggregation and increases in population size. Accumulation research, which examines the ratio of projectile points to cooking pottery sherds from the same context, shows a higher ratio of projectile points in areas with lower population densities. This pattern holds true when examining faunaI assemblages and large-game procurement practices from A.D. 900 to 1300 in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. This research demonstrates that social processes such as aggregation and increases in population density influence human hunting strategies as much as changes in natural environment, which lead to changes in a group's dietary regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-165
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Museology

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