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Oneota Risk Management Strategies and Agricultural Practices

Author(s): Richard Edwards

Year: 2017

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By its nature, agriculture is a risky endeavor. Unsatisfactory conditions for innumerable environmental or social factors can shift harvests from a bumper crop to famine (e.g., drought, poorly timed frost, enemy raids). All agricultural societies develop practices to mitigate this risk; however, the methods employed are dependent on the environmental contexts, social settings, and historical trajectories of a given group. This study examines paleoethnobotanical and landscape data to determine the types of risk management strategies used by Oneota groups in the Koshkonong Locality of southeastern Wisconsin. It also investigates how these buffering strategies were integrated with other cultural practices of the Late Prehistoric in the Great Lakes region.


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Oneota Risk Management Strategies and Agricultural Practices. Richard Edwards. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428965)


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min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16949

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