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Modeling Plant and Animal Productivity and Fuel Use

C. David Johnson and Timothy A. Kohler

in Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270145
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520270145.003.0007
Modeling Plant and Animal Productivity and Fuel Use

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Realistic simulation of long-term household settlement patterns is based on spatially and temporally variable supplies of critical natural resources produced by study-area soils. Annual net primary productivity of native vegetation modulated by variability through time in precipitationprovides the basis for estimating supplies of fuelwood and high-quality animal protein required for successful human habitation in this area. This chapter describes soils in Village Ecodynamics Project study area; the native vegetation they supported; the number of deer, hare, and rabbit supported by the vegetation; and the methods by which agents in the simulation harvest fuelwood. Depletion of readily available fuelwood may have influenced long-term human behaviors related to architectural designs and settlement distributions.

Keywords: simulation modeling; critical natural resources; soil productivity; household settlement patterns; fuelwood; fuelwood depletion; deer; rabbits; hare; Village Ecodynamics Project

Chapter.  7166 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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