The Impact of Fluctuating Agricultural Potential
Sociopolitical and Settlement Systems
52nd Annual SEAC 1995 Knoxville, TN
It can be shown that Mississippian agricultural systems were
limited by a finite number of behavioral and technological
choices. These limitations can be used to define the boundary
conditions for an unstable economic system capable of
existing precariously far from equilibrium as soil and nutrient
resources become depleted. Using this basic stability model,
the "chiefdom of Coosa" is here redefined as the endpoint of a
series of responses (phases?) to fluctuating agricultural and
climatic potentials. The implications of this "modeled Coosa"
are then contrasted against the "archaeological/historical
Coosa" with specific emphasis on uncovering probable
sociopolitical and settlement solutions.
Microsft Word 2.0,
Handout Postscript or
Graph of Tellico's Land Stability Curve
Later, a longer version of the paper's arguments will be cross-linked to the
hypertext version, above.
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