Tool-Stone Procurement in the Mesa Verde Core Region Through Time

Fumiyasu Arakawa

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:
Tool-Stone Procurement in the Mesa Verde Core Region Through Time

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The distribution of lithic raw materials is analyzed to evaluate community organization and the development of community territories, and to study how the formation of such territories affected mobility and exchange. The energetic expenditures for tool-stone procurement across space and through time are the major metric for studying these phenomena. Well-marked tool-stone procurement territories emerged during the early Pueblo II period (AD 920–1060) and became most pronounced during the early Pueblo III period (AD 1140–1225).

Keywords: lithic materials; tool-stone procurement patterns; territoriality; mobility and exchange; community organization; energy expenditure; minimum-cost analysis; Village Ecodynamics Project

Chapter.  9575 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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