Adler, Michael A., 1961-. Ancestral Pueblo population aggregation and abandonment in the North American Southwest

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Title: Ancestral Pueblo population aggregation and abandonment in the North American Southwest

Published in: Journal of world prehistory -- Vol. 10, no. 3

Published By: Journal of world prehistory -- Vol. 10, no. 3 New York: Plenum Press, 1996. 375-438 p.: ill., maps

By line: Michael A. Adler, Todd van Pool, and Robert D. Leonard

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Early Anasazi (NT95)

Subjects: Sociocultural trends (178); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Settlement patterns (361); Community structure (621);

Abstract: Adler et al. discuss how using different hypotheses to explain the archaeological data concerning aggregation and abandonment will emphasize either the factors 'pushing' a population or community or 'pulling' a population or community to change. 'Our point is that pull models, generally dependent upon relatively synchronic events, and push models, which tend to focus on diachronic processes of change, are necessarily complementary in explaining the pan-regional patterns of aggregation and abandonment that characterize the occupation of the northern Southwest. Depending on one's temporal and spatial frames of reference, push and pull models will have different explanatory potential in explaining how the Pueblo world and its many regional parts came to be. This complementarity will expand, rather than restrict, our explanatory potential.' (page 423). Adler et al. also point out that there were several hundred years when aggregation was adopted and then abandoned as a settlement strategy before it became the permanent pattern after AD 1400. This way of transitioning to village life occurred in a similar way in the southern Levant where it took about 1000 years to become the dominant pattern. Only the data that pertain to the Early Anasazi period of 1300-700 BP (AD 700-1300) were marked for OCM (Outline of Cultural Materials) codes.

Document Number: 93

Document ID: nt95-093

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Archaeologists-4, 5

Analyst: Sarah Berry; 2011

Coverage Date: 1300-500 BP (AD 700-1540)

Coverage Place: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, United States

LCSH: Indians of North America--Antiquities


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