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How Hunting Changes the VEP World, and How the VEP World Changes Hunting

R. Kyle Bocinsky, Jason A. Cowan, Timothy A. Kohler and C. David Johnson

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/9780520270145.003.0009
How Hunting Changes the VEP World, and How the VEP World Changes Hunting

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We explore how the hunting parameters we vary in the Village simulation affect agent and animal population sizes and hunting return rates. We find that agent populations readily and rapidly deplete deer populations on our simulated landscape under all parameter combinations. Agent populations are consistently lower when agents are required to move to areas where there are local protein resources. Individual protein need is negatively correlated with agent population, while increasing the size of the hunting radius increases agent populations in circumstances in which agents are required to move to areas where hunting can be conducted successfully. The faunal transitions apparent in the northern San Juan archaeological record were plausibly induced by depression of deer populations accompanied by declining return rates for deer hunting.

Keywords: hunting; simulation; deer; rabbit; hare; return rates; faunal depression; protein; Village Ecodynamics Project

Chapter.  3848 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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