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Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 323-368

Domesticated Landscapes: The Subsistence Ecology of Plant and Animal Domestication

  • John Edward TerrellAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , John P. HartAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , Sibel BarutAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , Nicoletta CellineseAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , Antonio CuretAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , Tim DenhamAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , Chapurukha M. KusimbaAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , Kyle LatinisAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
  • , Rahul OkaAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
    • , Joel PalkaAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
    • , Mary E. D. PohlAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
    • , Kevin O. PopeAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
    • , Patrick Ryan WilliamsAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
    • , Helen HainesAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum
    • , John E. StallerAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, The Field Museum

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Abstract

Harvesting different species as foods or raw materials calls for differing skills depending on the species being harvested and the circumstances under which they are being taken. In some situations and for some species, the tactics used are mainly behavioral—that is, people adjust, or adapt, their own actions to fit the behavior and circumstances of the species they are taking. Under other circumstances and for other species, the skills and tactics used may call for greater environmental preparation or manipulation. Therefore, instead of trying to distinguish people today and in the past as either “foragers” or “farmers,” it makes sense to define human subsistence behavior as an interactive matrix of species and harvesting tactics, that is, as a provisions spreadsheet.

ecology landscapes foraging farming