Finding the Calories: Family Economy, Crop Yields, and Population Increase from 250 CE to 800 CE in the Prehistoric Four Corners District

David Stuart, Professor and Associate Provost Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico and Jenny Lund, Undergraduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Stuart and Lund have completed a series of calculations to quantify the calories needed, acres of maize required, and costs of population increase for a family of eleven pit-house dwellers at about 250 CE. The presenters follow that family through the centuries to identify theoretical versus likely population increase, higher labor inputs, and infrastructure costs. Results are illuminating and have profound implications for our understanding of the regional archaeological record and dynamics underpinning the rise of the subsequent Chacoan growth phenomenon.

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