Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Garden Hunting

  • Peter W. Stahl
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_2132


Garden hunting was originally proposed as an indigenous subsistence strategy associated with pre-Hispanic tropical agroforestry in western Panama. At the time, it was offered as a potential means for farmers to supplement their carbohydrate-dominated diets in tropical environments that were traditionally viewed as “protein deserts” (Nigh & Nations 1980). As a subsistence option that exploited wild game animals that were either passively or intentionally attracted to indigenous agroecological landscapes, the possibilities of garden hunting subsequently engaged the attention of archaeologists working in different areas of the world and biologists who were interested in its possible conservation implications within anthropogenic landscapes.


Garden hunting refers to subsistence exploitation of local animals that are attracted to the concentrated foraging opportunities provided in horticultural settings throughout the tropics. Although it refers to the opportunistic...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada