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Simulating Clovis Technological Diffusion

Author(s): Heather Rockwell

Year: 2016

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Explanations for the rapid appearance of Clovis technology across the North American landscape as a population migration. Detractors from this hypothesis argue that the spread of Clovis more closely resembles the movement of a technology through a small, highly mobile population. Using a computer simulation approach this paper explores the conditions under which it would be possible for such a technological spread to occur. This simulation explores the requirements of population size, residential mobility and logistical mobility patterns in order to successfully spread Clovis technology throughout North America. The results of this simulation suggest that under most mobility schemes it would be highly possible that Clovis could have spread in such a manner.


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Simulating Clovis Technological Diffusion. Heather Rockwell. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405013)


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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