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Investigating the OrdinaryEveryday Matters in Southeast Archaeology$
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Sarah E. Price and Philip J. Carr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400219

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400219.001.0001

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When the Levee Breaks

When the Levee Breaks

Small Decisions and Big Floods at the End of the Last Ice Age

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Investigating the Ordinary

D. Shane Miller

Jesse Tune

University Press of Florida

This chapter offers an examination of complexity theory and everyday decision-making in the Paleoindian Period and its effects on the archaeological record. Using several studies, the authors argue that the variation in how people learned knapping at quarry sites led to the regionalization of projectile point styles, and that everyday microeconomic decisions about what to eat, where to live, and what tools to use generated macro-scale patterns concerning people adapting to climate change, and in particular the Younger Dryas. Finally, the authors argue that decisions made by hunters to take advantage of species clustered and stranded by floods could have altered their long-term availability during the Younger Dryas.

Keywords:   Paleoindian, Younger Dryas, Complexity Theory

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