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What happens when settlements grow? Current research on settlement scaling

Date and Time: 
Monday, March 7, 2016. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 110-112
Workshop: 
Approaches to Data Scarcity in Ancient History
Meeting Description: 

Michael E. Smith is an archaeologist specializing in the Aztecs of central Mexico. He is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (formerly the Department of Anthropology) at Arizona State University. His other affiliations are: Affiliated Faculty in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (ASU); Core Faculty, Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity (ASU); and Investigador External, El Colegio Mexiquense (Toluca, Mexico). He has directed fieldwork projects at Aztec sites in the Mexican state of Morelos and in the Toluca Valley.

Professor Smith will discuss the background for settlement scaling research, then describe the project he's involved in, some of our results, emphasizing the data requirements for archaeology and ancient history (which makes good samples scarce indeed).

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