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Agent Based Modeling (ABM) Approaches to Understanding Prehistoric Forager Ecology in Tokelau

Author(s): Darby Filimoehala

Year: 2015

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Exploring the complex relationship between humans and the environment is essential for understanding important mechanisms of cultural change. The last decade has given rise to advances in zooarchaeological research and computer-based modeling that provide tools to examine the links between environmental variability and human cultures. This paper draws on assumptions derived from evolutionary ecology using Agent Based Models (AMB), to test predictions regarding foraging and marine exploitation in Tokelau, a group of atolls in the South Pacific. At present, marine resource use and foraging patterns in pre-Contact Tokelau are poorly understood. Agent based models will help to more adequately inform our interpretations of the archaeological record.

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Agent Based Modeling (ABM) Approaches to Understanding Prehistoric Forager Ecology in Tokelau. Darby Filimoehala. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396316)


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