The Colorado Plateaus: Cultural Dynamics and Paleoenvironment

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Science  14 Sep 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4411, pp. 1089-1101
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4411.1089


Convergent archeological, geological, palynological, dendrochronological, and radiometric data provide a paleoenvironmental record for the American Southwest at a level of detail and time resolution not previously achieved. Many prehistoric cultural and demographic changes on the Colorado Plateaus coincided with environmental fluctuations defined by precisely dated geoclimatic and bioclimatic indicators. These coincidences support the interpretation that socioeconomic changes and population displacements were commonly triggered by environmental stress.

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