U.S. Southwest, climate, drought, settlements, vulnerability (Other Keyword)

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Human Vulnerability to Climatic Dry Periods in the Prehistoric U.S. Southwest (2010)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Scott Ingram.

This study investigates the vulnerability of subsistence agriculturalists to food shortfalls associated with dry periods. I approach this effort by evaluating prominent and often implicit conceptual models of vulnerability to dry periods used by archaeologists and other scholars investigating past human adaptations in dry climates. The conceptual models I evaluate rely on an assumption of regional-scale resource marginality and emphasize the contribution of demographic conditions (settlement...