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The Archaeology of Human-Environment Interactions


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1. Correlation is Not Enough - Building Better Arguments in the Archaeology of Human-Environment Interactions
Daniel A. Contreras

Case Studies
2. Convergence and Divergence as Problems of Explanation In Land Use Histories - Two Mexican Examples
Aleksander Borejsza and Arthur A. Joyce
Alluvial geoarchaeology
3. From the river to the fields: the contribution of micromorphology to the study of hydro-agrosystems in semi-arid environments (Phoenix, Arizona)
Louise Purdue

Micromorphology and agrosystems
4. Regional Climate, Local Paleoenvironment, and Early Cultivation in the middle Wadi el-Hasa, Jordan
Daniel A. Contreras and Cheryl Makarewicz
Paleolandscape Reconstruction in Archaeology
5. Human-Environment Interactions through the Epipalaeolithic of Eastern Jordan
Matthew D. Jones, Lisa Maher, Tobias Richter, Danielle Macdonald, and Louise Martin
Integrating archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data through on-site and off-site stratigraphy
6. Living on the Edge: Pre-Columbian Habitation of the Desert Periphery of the Chicama Valley, Peru
Ari Caramanica and Michele Koons

Landscape Paleobotany
7. A fine-grained analysis of terra preta formation: understanding causality through microartifactual and chemical indices in the Central Amazon
Anna T. Browne Ribeiro

Pedology for Archaeology
8. External Impacts on Internal Dynamics: Effects of Paleoclimatic and Demographic Variability on Acorn Exploitation along the Central California Coast
Brian F. Codding and Terry L. Jones
Spatially Explicit Behavioral Ecology
9. Describing Microenvironments Used for Nomadic Pastoralist Habitation Sites: Explanatory Tools for Surfaces, Places, and Networks
Joshua Wright

Simple Suitability Rasters as Tools for Archaeological Discovery
10. Soil Geochemistry and the Role of Nutrient Values in Understanding Archaic State Formation: A Case Study from Kaupo, Maui, Hawaiian Islands
Alexander Baer
Soil Geochemical Analyses in Archaeology

11. Epilogue
Frances Hayashida

About the Author

Daniel A. Contreras is an archaeologist focused on human-environment interactions in the past, particularly anthropogenic and geomorphic components of dynamic landscapes and environmental change. He pursues these interests in contexts ranging from complex polities in Andean South America and Mesoamerica to early Neolithic societies experimenting with domestication and village life in Southwest Asia. He is currently a LabEx OT-Med postdoctoral researcher in the Institut Mediterraneen de Biodiversite et d'Ecologie (IMBE) and Groupement de recherche en economie quantitative d'Aix-Marseille (GREQAM) at Aix-Marseille Universite.

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