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Increasing Scales of Social Interaction and the Role of Lake Cahuilla in the Systemic Fragility of the Hohokam System (A.D. 700-1100)

Abstract Exchange is fundamental to human society, and anthropologists have long documented the large size and complexity of exchange systems in a range of societies. Recent work on the banking system of today's world suggests that complex exchange systems may become systemically fragile and in some types of complex exchange systems that involve feedbacks there exists a fundamental trade-off between robustness (stability) and systemic fragility. These properties may be observable in the archaeological record as well. In southern Arizona, the Hohokam system involved market-based exchange of large quantities of goods (including corn, pottery, stone, and shell) across southern Arizona and beyond, but after a few generations of expansion it collapse... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Merrill, Michael Lee (Author) / Hegmon, Michelle (Advisor) / Anderies, John M (Advisor) / Brandt, Elizabeth (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Archaeology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 461 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Anthropology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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