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A Demographic History of Housepit 54, Bridge River site, British Columbia

Author(s): Sarah Howerton ; Thomas Foor ; Anna Prentiss ; Matthew Walsh ; Kristen Barnett

Year: 2015

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Demographic change can have significant impacts on socio-economic and political strategies employed by complex foraging and fishing peoples. Recent research at the Bridge River housepit village, located near Lillooet, British Columbia, has demonstrated that two short periods of rapid demographic growth followed by a period of decline led to significant changes in food acquisition and storage, settlement arrangements, and social relationships. While these patterns are well understood on a village-wide scale, shifts in household demography have not been adequately addressed. This poster presents the first analysis of intergenerational demographic change at Bridge River drawing data from excavations of Housepit (HP) 54, a long-lived medium-sized residential structure. More specifically, we develop data from at least seven superimposed anthropogenic floors at HP 54 dating ca. 1100-1400 cal. B.P. to test hypotheses regarding relationships between demographic patterns and subsistence decision-making, storage behavior, and patterns of social competition and cooperation. We expect to draw implications from this research that can enhance our understanding of village-wide trends.

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A Demographic History of Housepit 54, Bridge River site, British Columbia. Sarah Howerton, Anna Prentiss, Thomas Foor, Kristen Barnett, Matthew Walsh. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395786)


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min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America