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Maize Agriculture Evolution in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: A Darwinian Perspective

TitleMaize Agriculture Evolution in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: A Darwinian Perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsHart, JP
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Volume6
Pagination137-180
Keywordse evolution, Eastern Woodlands, maize agricultur, shifting balance theory
Abstract

David Rindos' coevolution theory remains the most comprehensive application of Darwinian theory to issues of prehistoric agriculture evolution. While his theory has drawn attention, there has been a lack of subsequent development of the application of Darwinian theory to prehistoric agricultural evolution. Combining Sewall Wright's shifting balance theory of evolution with aspects of Rindos' coevolution theory provides important new insights into the processes of crop transmission between regions. Using these theories, a model is developed for the adoption and subsequent evolution of maize agriculture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/20177400
DOI10.1023/A:1021969402125