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American Antiquity is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal and is considered the premier journal of North American archaeology, devoted to the archaeology of the New World, method and theory pertinent to the study of New World archaeology, and closely related subjects.
Archaeological Evidence Suggests Men and Women Have Different Responses to Climate Change
In a new study published in American Antiquity, Dr. Lisbeth Louderback found that after 9,800 years ago, when climatic conditions on the Colorado Plateau, USA, were much warmer and drier than today, women’s foraging strategies shifted to exploit low-risk plant foods (such as small seeds and tubers) near their camps. Men, however, continued traveling far to hunt for high-risk large game, despite the effects of climate change. Dr. Louderback interprets this as a shift in gender division of labor. The reasons for this shift are the same today as in the past; women tend to be more responsible for the daily task of gathering reliable foods to feed their young and are, therefore, more likely to feel the effects of climate change than men.