Demographic Decline in the Southwest: 1300 to 1500 CE
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Learn about demographic decline in the Southwest and archaeological efforts to understand some of the causes during the 14th through 16th centuries – along with insights for the present and future.
Population movement (migration) was a way of life in the ancient Southwest. People settled, lived, and often migrated to new locations, either founding new settlements or joining existing ones.
Some movements involved large numbers of people leaving well-established settlement areas, such as Chaco Canyon in the early 1100’s and the Mesa Verde region in the late 1200’s.
In the context of both small and large movements, population levels in the US Southwest increased until the early 14th century, then began to dramatically decline. Given the urgency of local-to-global sustainability problems, understanding and interpreting this demographic decline is increasingly urgent.
Join us to learn about demographic decline in the Southwest and archaeological efforts to understand some of the causes during the 14th through 16th centuries – along with insights for the present and future.
Dr. Scott Ingram is an anthropologist, archaeologist, and environmental social scientist. A key research objective is to advance understanding of classic archaeological problems such as cultural transitions, regional depopulations, and “collapses” using settlement and environmental data.
Dr. Ingram earned his PhD and MA in anthropology from Arizona State University and his MA in political science and BS in political science (with honors) from Oklahoma State University.
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