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Hohokam Irrigation Longevity and Agricultural Success in the Lower Salt River Valley, Arizona

Abstract The primary focus of this research is the poorly understood relationship between water insufficiency and broad-scale social change, in the semi-arid lower Salt River Valley, in central Arizona. The overarching research question guiding this research is if water insufficiency could have prompted sociopolitical change among the Hohokam. Specifically, the research investigates if long-term water deficits were a catalyst for the two most consequential transformations in Hohokam history – the Preclassic/Classic transition (A.D. 1070-1100/1150) and the early to late Classic period transition (ca. A.D. 1300).

This research used extensive historical aerial photographs and cultural resource management excavation data to complete the largest-scale r... (more)
Created Date 2020
Contributor Caseldine, Christopher Robert (Author) / Abbott, David R. (Advisor) / Carr, Christopher G. (Committee member) / Howard, Jerry B. (Committee member) / Morehart, Christopher T. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Archaeology / Hohokam / Irrigation / Resiliency / Sociopolitical transformation / Water sufficiency
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 766 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2020
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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