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Population-Resource Balances in Period I of Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Stephen A. Kowalewski (a1)


The implications of speculative "population pressure" models are checked against the archaeological record in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, by means of a detailed comparison of maize potentials and ancient populations, as both change over time. There is virtually no fit. Santley's evolutionary model, inasmuch as it is operationalizable, should therefore be drastically rethought.



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Population-Resource Balances in Period I of Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Stephen A. Kowalewski (a1)


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