Settlement scaling in the Northeastern Woodlands

Author(s): Jennifer Birch

Year: 2017


In the late pre-contact Northeastern Woodlands, processes of aggregation, migration, and geopolitical realignment led to the formation of settlements which give the impression of being too large to be called villages but possessed organizational structures associated with segmentary societies. This paper utilizes empirical data generated from Iroquoian community plans to present a study of scaling relationships in Northern Iroquois. The results are then considered in the context of the historical development of Northern Iroquoian societies and ongoing considerations of how settlement scaling theory can be applied to aggregations in middle-range societies which were clearly not urban in scale.

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Settlement scaling in the Northeastern Woodlands. Jennifer Birch. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429163)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 13243