Human responses to past climate, environment, and population in two Mogollon areas of New Mexico.
AuthorShaw, Chester Worth, Jr.
Committee ChairReid, J. Jefferson
Graybill, Donald A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractClimate-sensitive tree ring chronologies and modern climate data are used to produce prehistoric estimates of summer drought for the Mimbres and Pinelawn-Reserve areas in New Mexico. The nature of these estimates are evaluated using tenets of the Anasazi behavioral model. It is concluded that many of the behavioral processes associated with prehistoric populations on the southern Colorado Plateaus can be seen operating within the two Mogollon areas selected for study. As they have on the plateaus, processes in past human behavior can be linked to three factors: prehistoric efforts to intensify agricultural production, fluctuations in population group size, and increases (or decreases) in summer drought.