Burning the land: An ethnographic study of off-site fire use by current and historically documented foragers and implications for the interpretation of past fire practices in the landscape

Current Anthropology Vol/Iss. 56(3) University of Chicago Press Published In Pages: 299-326
By Scherjon, Fulco, Bakels, Corrie, MacDonald, Katharine, Roebroeks, Wil


"Fire is used for equally diverse objectives and on a range of spatial scales in different types of vegetation"(311).


No evidence for a significant association between climate and most objectives for burning, "fire drives are used by nonequatorial groups and that use of fire to remove primary biomass occurs at roughly the same frequency at higher and lower latitudes"(311). Additionally, "the lack of evidence for burning from tundra contrasts with the ubiquity of burning in other types of vegetation and does not seem to be due to a lack of data"(311). Note: These are descriptive generalizations


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