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Lecture 19

Lecture 19 – Chaco Phenomena- 1000-1150 AD

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Anthropology 2231F/G
Christopher Ellis

Lecture 19Chaco Phenomena 10001150 ADWhy o Pochtecas o Internal tradebufferingturquoiseSocial complexity someone was directing thisOccurred when the weather was very good developed to deal with shortages when none were expected o Population and irrigationPeople filled the area people forced to use irrigation to supply water to all plantsNeeded to set up decision makers where to make them how much water each because so many people were attracted to the areaPopulation grew because of immigrationModern Hopi people plant 3x as many plants that they are going to need if a good year they get a surplus if not they will still have enough to get by o Experiment at a large scale buffering of agricultureRiskpooling how to get around risks by pooling goodsEvens out the risk of shortfalls over a large areaSuggests intelligent commonersgeneral population saw advantages in pooling resour
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