Resource Intensification, Sedentism, Storage, and Ranking: A Visual Synopsis of Pacific Northwest History and Theory


Resource intensification is a concept used in explanations of sedentism, storage, social ranking and hierarchy. Within the Pacific Northwest treatment of these concepts have developed through three orientations: evolutionary-ecology, political economy, and social agency. We compare performance criteria (dynamic and empirical sufficiency, and tolerance limits) for both synthetic works and archaeological studies. Our poster-sized visual synopsis is intended to elicit comment and revision that maybe supported on-line. Source works are diagramed with cog symbols showing interaction between different theorists. Lighter cog symbols indicate theoretical perspectives with less data evaluation. The darker cogs indicate theoretical models supported by data analysis. The larger cogs depict works with broader geographic scopes. Cog symbols with red outlines are used to highlight works that emphasize competition or conflict. We are also experimenting with cladistics analyses and graphs that may yield more formal models of theoretical and archaeological contributions. Given that almost all treatments of resource intensification and sedentism focus on the development of households (plank houses and house pits) and larger house settlements, our review shares a critical synopsis of major approaches in the anthropological archaeology of the Pacific Northwest.

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Resource Intensification, Sedentism, Storage, and Ranking: A Visual Synopsis of Pacific Northwest History and Theory. Steven Hackenberger, James Brown, Patrick McCutcheon. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397545)

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