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Multi-temporal land -use patterning in the Western Papagueria: A geoarchaeological analysis of pre -Columbian cultural landscapes

Mathew A Dooley, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The purpose of this dissertation is to develop a methodology for analyzing pre-Columbian cultural landscapes that informs about land-use intensity over short, medium, and long periods of time. This methodology focuses on how to analyze surface archaeological data given the fact that (1) archaeological landscapes are best thought of as a temporal mosaic (i.e., composed of geomorphic surfaces having different ages), and (2) the age of a particular geomorphic surface determines the amount of occupation time that is potentially seen on that surface. As a case study, I compare and contrast land-use patterning in 3 locales (East Pass, West Pass, and Okie Hill) within the Western Papagueria in southwestern Arizona. More specifically, I consider overall spatial and temporal land-use patterning and the extent to which travel dominates land-use patterning over short, medium, and long periods of time. Results indicate that the amount of archeological time potentially expressed on different surfaces in the Western Papagueria is related to surface age and that different land-use patterning is found when considering different temporal scales. This study suggests that over long periods of time, travel was the dominant type of land-use in the study area. Over short and medium periods of time, however, travel was likely not the dominant type of land-use in this area. ^

Subject Area

Anthropology, Archaeology|Geography

Recommended Citation

Dooley, Mathew A, "Multi-temporal land -use patterning in the Western Papagueria: A geoarchaeological analysis of pre -Columbian cultural landscapes" (2006). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3208113.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3208113

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