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Home Economics and the Emergence of Social Complexity in Prehistoric Eastern North America by Andy White

Thursday, December 15, 2011
12:00 AM
Room 2009, Ruthven Museums Building

Andrew White is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology. This research uses ethnographic data and computational modeling to explore how subsistence intensification may alter the economics of hunter-gatherer families. Explanations for the emergence of social complexity in eastern North America are evaluated by comparing results from the model to the patterns of change in family size suggested by the remains of hundreds of prehistoric residential structures dating from the Paleoindian through Late Woodland/Mississippian periods.