Stephen Williams and The Vacant Quarter Phenomenon
Stephen Williams proposed the idea of a Vacant Quarter based on the abandonment of numerous Mississippian polities throughout much of the Midsouth and Midwest. The unprecedented, large-scale depopulation of an approximately 130,000 square kilometer area has been linked with population movements as well as interpolity conflict. By taking a dendroclimatological approach we evaluate the role of climate change in this process, while also being cognizant of social processes. We postulate a staggered process of depopulation with distinct polity histories resulting from both climatic and social variables characterized by numerous, small-scale abandonments and regional population movements.
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Stephen Williams and The Vacant Quarter Phenomenon. Dorian Burnette, David Dye, Arleen Hill. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445121)
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