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Measuring Mobility: Comparing Indices Developed from Architectural and Paleoethnobotanical Datasets

Author(s): Kellam J. Throgmorton ; Reuven Sinensky

Year: 2017

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Thirty years of research on mobility and sedentism shows that population movement occurred for reasons both ecological and social. Population movement could occur over short or long distances, could occur seasonally or generationally, and could involve both small and large groups. While archaeologists have theorized mobility in a variety of ways, they have not developed a robust body of methods for measuring and comparing mobility between households at the intrasite or intersite level. This paper uses architectural and archaeobotanical datasets to create indices of residential mobility. We apply these indices to sites within the Western Puerco Region of East-Central Arizona and West-Central New Mexico dating between Basketmaker II and Pueblo III (500 BC – AD 1300) to explore long-term trends in mobility. In addition, we discuss the degree of congruence and discrepancy between the indices developed using architectural and paleoethonobotanical data. The research has relevance for research on architecture and residential movement more broadly.

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Measuring Mobility: Comparing Indices Developed from Architectural and Paleoethnobotanical Datasets. Kellam J. Throgmorton, Reuven Sinensky. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431757)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15027

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