Fetching Firewood: Access to fuels as a constraint for prehistoric settlement
Author(s): Kate Magargal
In arid, topographically variable desert environments, resources important to humans are typically distributed heterogeneously. This variability required prehistoric humans to evaluate trade-offs over accessing spatially distinct patches. A potentially important and largely unexplored resource in these trade-offs is firewood. This work examines the distribution of archaeological sites along the watershed of the Dolores River of southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. With new archaeological survey data, I offer an analysis examining the distribution of sites against different types of vegetation communities to explore the importance of access to firewood, paying particular attention to the potential multiple uses of plants and other factors that may strongly influence prehistoric site choice.
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Fetching Firewood: Access to fuels as a constraint for prehistoric settlement. Kate Magargal. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397867)
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