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Patterns of Defense on Perry Mesa: Implications for Prehistoric Legacies

Part of the Legacies on the Landscape project

Author(s): Melissa Kruse

Year: 2004

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A common issue of the Legacies on the Landscape project in the Perry Mesa region in Central Arizona is determining if the differences in the landscape are the result of prehistoric land use or if these differences in ecosystem structure represent a preexisting landscape patchiness that attracted prehistoric people to certain locales. This analysis investigates the settlement patterns of Perry Mesa as they relate to warfare and/or the perceived threat of warfare in the region. Perry Mesa represents a heterogeneous landscape where certain patches were more attractive for different types of land use during prehistory. For example, some parts of the landscape are appropriate for agriculture while other pieces of the landscape are abundant in other important resources. By examining the social factors, such as defense, we can begin to address the influences of settlement of Perry Mesa and their implications on environmental legacies.

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Patterns of Defense on Perry Mesa: Implications for Prehistoric Legacies. Melissa Kruse. 2004 ( tDAR id: 406847) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8VT1V19


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1200 to 1450

Spatial Coverage

min long: -112.162; min lat: 34.079 ; max long: -111.907; max lat: 34.296 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Landowner(s): Bureau of Land Management

Sponsor(s): Arizona State University, Department of Anthropology

Repository(s): Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology

File Information

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Kruse---defense-Paper.doc 1.26mb Aug 3, 2016 9:41:23 AM Public
Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America