Synchrony in the new world: an example of archaeoethnology

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 40 Published In Pages: 6-17
By Peregrine, Peter N.


This article employs archaeoethnology to investigate possible patterns of synchronous population growth among cities of the prehistoric New World. The author finds a pattern of settlement synchrony distinct from a pattern found in the prehistoric Old World, suggesting that global climate change may not be a key factor in understanding settlement synchrony. Macroregional political and economic processes such as long-distance trade are offered as partial explanations of settlement synchrony in the New World.

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