Maize Agriculture Evolution in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: A Darwinian Perspective
|Title||Maize Agriculture Evolution in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: A Darwinian Perspective|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Journal||Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory|
|Keywords||e evolution, Eastern Woodlands, maize agricultur, shifting balance theory|
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.