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dc.creatorBocinsky, R. Kyle
dc.creatorKohler, Timothy A.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-14T19:53:12Z
dc.date.available2015-12-14T19:53:12Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2376/5749
dc.description.abstractHumans experience, adapt to and influence climate at local scales. Paleoclimate research, however, tends to focus on continental, hemispheric or global scales, making it difficult for archaeologists and paleoecologists to study local effects. Here we introduce a method for high-frequency, local climate-field reconstruction from tree-rings. We reconstruct the rain-fed maize agricultural niche in two regions of the southwestern United States with dense populations of prehispanic farmers. Niche size and stability are highly variable within and between the regions. Prehispanic rain-fed maize farmers tended to live in agricultural refugia—areas most reliably in the niche. The timing and trajectory of the famous thirteenth century Pueblo migration can be understood in terms of relative niche size and stability. Local reconstructions like these illuminate the spectrum of strategies past humans used to adapt to climate change by recasting climate into the distributions of resources on which they depended.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.publisherNature Communicationsen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution License 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectPaleoclimate researchen_US
dc.subjectAncestral Pueblo cultureen_US
dc.subjectAgriculture--Historyen_US
dc.titleA 2,000-year reconstruction of the rain-fed maize agricultural niche in the US Southwesten_US
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dc.description.citationR. Kyle Bocinsky, Timothy Kohler. (2014). A 2,000-year reconstruction of the rain-fed maize agricultural niche in the US Southwest. Nature Communications 5:5618. DOI:10.1038/ncomms6618.


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    This collection features work by Tim A. Kohler, professor in the anthropology department at Washington State University.

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