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Archaeological Approaches to Population Growth and Social Interaction in Semiarid Environments: Pattern, Process, and Feedbacks

Abstract Population growth, social interaction, and environmental variability are interrelated facets of the same complex system. Tracing the flow of food, water, information, and energy within these social-ecological systems is essential for understanding their long-term behavior. Leveraging an archaeological perspective of how past societies coevolved with their natural environments will be critical to anticipating the impact of impending climate change on farming communities in the developing world. However, there is currently a lack of formal, quantitative theory rooted in first principles of human behavior that can predict the empirical regularities of the archaeological record in semiarid regions. Through a series of models -- statistical, com... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Gauthier, Nicolas (Author) / Barton, C Michael (Advisor) / Anderies, John M (Committee member) / Peeples, Matthew (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Archaeology / Climate change / Systems science
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 109 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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