Chapter

Where the Buffalo Once Roamed

George C. Frison

in Survival by Hunting

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231900
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927964 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231900.003.0001
Where the Buffalo Once Roamed

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This chapter describes the archaeology of the Great Plains. It focuses on the physiographic regions of the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and Columbia Plateau which yielded information pertinent to prehistoric hunting. These physiographic features provide very different and rapidly changing vegetative cover critical to animal ecology. This chapter explains that the records of the livestock industry over more than a century suggest that prehistoric human survival must have been tested on many occasions.

Keywords: Great Plains; archaeology; physiographic regions; Rocky Mountains; Great Basin; Colorado Plateau; Columbia Plateau; prehistoric hunting; animal ecology

Chapter.  3667 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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