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Subsistence intensification, innovation and change have long figured prominently in explanations for the development of social complexity among foragers and horticulturalists. This set of global case studies re-examines the ‘subsistence question’ in light of recent research. It contrasts traditional approaches with recent archaeological research that presents human driven strategies for power, prestige, and status as causes of subsistence intensification.
Seeking a Richer Harvest.- Classic Period Agricultural Intensification and Domestic Life at el Palmillo, Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.- The Wet or the Dry?.- Agricultural Intensification in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin.- Chinampa Cultivation in the Basin of Mexico.- Agricultural Intensification in the Titicaca Basin.- Animal Intensification at Neolithic Gritille.- Infields, Outfields, and Broken Lands.- Cod Fish, Walrus, and Chieftains.- Intensification and Protohistoric Agropastoral Systems in East Africa.- Rethinking Intensification.- Intensification, Innovation, and Change.