APPLICATIONS OF EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY AND ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY SHED LIGHT ON NORTH AMERICAN PREHISTORIC HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND REGIONAL PROCUREMENT SYSTEMS

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Title:
APPLICATIONS OF EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY AND ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY SHED LIGHT ON NORTH AMERICAN PREHISTORIC HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND REGIONAL PROCUREMENT SYSTEMS
Author:
Grimstead, Deanna
Issue Date:
2011
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
The study of archaeology within an ecological and evolutionary framework began with the study of changes in human subsistence through time. Within the last few decades archaeologists have expanded applications of evolutionary ecology (EE) beyond the dietary emphasis of the prey choice model toward increasingly complex and novel applications. The chapters in this dissertation provide several examples of this expansion, through novel examinations of the complex relationships between humans and their environment, as well as thoughtful examinations of social systems and non-subsistence related behavior through the prism of EE. Appendix A asks at what transport distance from a central place does big game become costly to procure relative to smaller local game? Results from this study show that big game is an economical choice at a one-way transport distance of over 100 km. These results are then used in Appendix B where isotope geochemistry is used to show both large and small game from Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon were transported over 70 km to the Canyon. Without the results from Appendix A, one would be inclined to describe the long-distance transport of large game as a costly signal, when in fact it is an economical choice, particularly in a depressed or low productivity habitat. Appendix C, demonstrates the applicability of costly signaling theory to non-dietary artifacts, by showing how geochemically sourced non-local goods contain a variety of social meaning.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Signaling Theory; Southwest Archaeology; Zooarchaeology; Anthropology; Evolutionary Ecology; Geochemical Sourcing
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Anthropology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Stiner, Mary; Quade, Jay

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dc.titleAPPLICATIONS OF EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY AND ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY SHED LIGHT ON NORTH AMERICAN PREHISTORIC HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND REGIONAL PROCUREMENT SYSTEMSen_US
dc.creatorGrimstead, Deannaen_US
dc.contributor.authorGrimstead, Deannaen_US
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe study of archaeology within an ecological and evolutionary framework began with the study of changes in human subsistence through time. Within the last few decades archaeologists have expanded applications of evolutionary ecology (EE) beyond the dietary emphasis of the prey choice model toward increasingly complex and novel applications. The chapters in this dissertation provide several examples of this expansion, through novel examinations of the complex relationships between humans and their environment, as well as thoughtful examinations of social systems and non-subsistence related behavior through the prism of EE. Appendix A asks at what transport distance from a central place does big game become costly to procure relative to smaller local game? Results from this study show that big game is an economical choice at a one-way transport distance of over 100 km. These results are then used in Appendix B where isotope geochemistry is used to show both large and small game from Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon were transported over 70 km to the Canyon. Without the results from Appendix A, one would be inclined to describe the long-distance transport of large game as a costly signal, when in fact it is an economical choice, particularly in a depressed or low productivity habitat. Appendix C, demonstrates the applicability of costly signaling theory to non-dietary artifacts, by showing how geochemically sourced non-local goods contain a variety of social meaning.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectSignaling Theoryen_US
dc.subjectSouthwest Archaeologyen_US
dc.subjectZooarchaeologyen_US
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_US
dc.subjectEvolutionary Ecologyen_US
dc.subjectGeochemical Sourcingen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorStiner, Maryen_US
dc.contributor.advisorQuade, Jayen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMills, Barbaraen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPavao-Zuckerman, Barneten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDettman, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStiner, Maryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberQuade, Jayen_US
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