Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation

Seeking a Richer Harvest

The Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change

Editors: Thurston, Tina, Fisher, Christopher T (Eds.)

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Subsistence intensification, innovation and change have long figured prominently in explanations for the development of social complexity among foragers and horticulturalists, and the rise of chiefly societies and archaic states, yet there is considerable debate over the actual mechanisms that promote these processes. Traditional approaches to the "intensification question" emphasize population pressure, climate change, bureaucratic management, or even land degradation as prerequisites for the onset of new or changing strategies, or the construction and maintenance of agricultural landscapes. Most often these factors are modeled as external forces outside the realm of human decision-making, but recent archaeological research presents an alternative to this suggesting that subsistence intensification is the result of human driven strategies for power, prestige and status stemming from internal conditions within a group. When responding to environmental adversity, human groups were less frequently the victims, as they have been repeatedly portrayed. Instead human groups were often vigorous actors, responding with resilience, ingenuity, and planning, to flourish or survive within dynamic and sometimes unpredictable social and natural milieux.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Seeking a Richer Harvest

    Tina L. Thurston, Christopher T. Fisher

    Pages 1-21

  • Classic Period Agricultural Intensification and Domestic Life at el Palmillo, Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico

    Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas, Helen R. Haines

    Pages 23-61

  • Chinampa Cultivation in the Basin of Mexico

    Charles D. Frederick

    Pages 107-124

  • Cod Fish, Walrus, and Chieftains

    Sophia Perdikaris, Thomas H. McGovern

    Pages 193-216

  • Intensification and Protohistoric Agropastoral Systems in East Africa

    Sibel B. Kusimba, Chapurukha M. Kusimba

    Pages 217-233

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Seeking a Richer Harvest
Book Subtitle
The Archaeology of Subsistence Intensification, Innovation, and Change
Editors
  • Tina Thurston
  • Christopher T Fisher
Series Title
Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-32762-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-32762-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-32761-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4102-2
Series ISSN
1574-0501
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 274
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