The Ecology of Cooking with Firewood

Author(s): Kate Magargal

Year: 2018


Cooking food conferred an energetic advantage to our pre-human ancestors and became one of the hallmark characteristics of the human strategy set. Accessing fuel remains a common problem for many human societies. Yet anthropologists do not often take the costs of gathering fuel into account when modeling subsistence and settlement. This paper presents a model that incorporates firewood tradeoffs into human choices about what to eat and where to live, and examines a hypothetical case for the North American Great Basin. Applications of this model in both archaeological and modern ethnographic contexts will allow anthropologists and ecologists to illuminate firewood-mediated relationships between people and woodlands.

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The Ecology of Cooking with Firewood. Kate Magargal. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442515)

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min long: -124.189; min lat: 31.803 ; max long: -105.469; max lat: 43.58 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 20074