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dc.contributor.authorHaas, Randall
dc.contributor.authorKuhn, Steven L.
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-25T23:52:36Z
dc.date.available2019-09-25T23:52:36Z
dc.date.issued2019-07-19
dc.identifier.citationRandall Haas and Steven L. Kuhn, "Forager Mobility in Constructed Environments," Current Anthropology 60, no. 4 (August 2019): 499-535. https://doi.org/10.1086/704710en_US
dc.identifier.issn0011-3204
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/704710
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/634588
dc.description.abstractAs obligate tool users, humans habitually reconfigure resource distributions on landscapes. Such resource restructuring would have played a nontrivial role in shaping hunter-gatherer mobility decisions and emergent land-use patterns. This paper presents a model of hunter-gatherer mobility in which the habitual deposition of material resources at places on landscapes biases the future mobility decisions of energy-optimizing foragers. Thus foragers effectively construct the environments to which they adapt. With the aid of an agent-based model, this simple niche-construction model is used to deduce four predictions for emergent structure in hunter-gatherer settlement patterns. The predictions are tested against archaeological data from a hunter-gatherer settlement system in the Lake Titicaca Basin, Peru, 7,000–5,000 cal BP. Good agreement is found between the predicted and empirical patterns, demonstrating the model’s efficacy and suggesting a behavioral explanation for structural properties of hunter-gatherer settlement systems. The niche-construction behavior and its self-organized properties may have been key components in the emergence of socioeconomic complexity in human societies.en_US
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dc.publisherUNIV CHICAGO PRESSen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © 2019 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.titleForager Mobility in Constructed Environmentsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Sch Anthropolen_US
dc.identifier.journalCURRENT ANTHROPOLOGYen_US
dc.description.note12 month embargo; published online: 19 July 2019en_US
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dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.source.volume60
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage499-535


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