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University of California Press
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter 1: Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages in the Central Mesa Verde: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Chapter 2: The Study Area and the Ancestral Pueblo Occupation
  2. pp. 15-40
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  1. Chapter 3: Low-Frequency Climate in the Mesa Verde Region: Beef Pasture Revisited
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. Chapter 4: Simulation Model Overview
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. Chapter 5: Modeling Paleohydrological System Structure and Function
  2. pp. 73-84
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  1. Color plates
  2. pp. 98-113
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  1. Chapter 6: Modeling Agricultural Productivity and Farming Effort
  2. pp. 85-112
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  1. Chapter 7: Modeling Plant and Animal Productivity and Fuel Use
  2. pp. 113-128
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  1. Chapter 8: Supply, Demand, Return Rates, And Resource Depression: Hunting in the Village Ecodynamics World
  2. pp. 129-144
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  1. Chapter 9: How Hunting Changes the Vep World, and how the Vep World Changes Hunting
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. Chapter 10: Exercising the Model: Assessing Changes in Settlement Location and Efficiency
  2. pp. 153-164
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  1. Chapter 11: Simulating Household Exchange with Cultural Algorithms
  2. pp. 165-174
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  1. Chapter 12: Tool-Stone Procurement in the Mesa Verde Core Region Through Time
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Chapter 13: Population Dynamics and Warfare in the Central Mesa Verde Region
  2. pp. 197-218
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  1. Chapter 14: Characterizing Community-Center (Village) Formation in the Vep Study Area, A.D. 600-1280
  2. pp. 219-246
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  1. Chapter 15: The Rise and Collapse of Villages in the Central Mesa Verde Region
  2. pp. 247-262
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 263-274
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  1. Appendix B
  2. pp. 275-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-324
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 325-326
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 327-344
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520951990
Print ISBN
9780520270145
MARC Record
OCLC
779828587
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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