Neolithic Economic Autonomy and Social Distance

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Science  06 Dec 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3858, pp. 1150-1151
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3858.1150


The following hypothesis was tested in the prehistoric Mogollon culture area of the American Southwest: increasing dependence on agriculture leads to increasing social distance between the minimal economic units needed to make agriculture a successful economic base. Both variables covaried positively. As dependence on agriculture increased, villages became more endogamous.

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