The Faces of Intensification: An Application of Selection Thinking

Author(s): Steven Simms; Andrew Ugan

Year: 2015


The application of HBE and selection thinking can shed light on the study of intensification. This vantage treats intensification as a process, not a threshold, and treats behavior not as normative cultural forms (e.g., "intensive farmers"), but as fluctuating frequencies among alternative adaptive strategies comprising a behavioral mix that may be culturally encoded. There are many ways to work hard. Here we employ case studies from Mendoza, Argentina, and the Great Basin, Southwest, and Midwest of North America to explore the "faces" of intensification.

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The Faces of Intensification: An Application of Selection Thinking. Steven Simms, Andrew Ugan. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394844)