Mapping Prehistoric New World Hunter-Gatherers – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Mapping Prehistoric New World Hunter-Gatherers

Kaitlyn Poe


Pronouns: she, her

Research Mentor(s): Lauren Pratt, Doctoral Candidate
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Anthropology and Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 5 (3pm-3:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 20
Presenter: 2

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This project aims to map hunter-gatherer sites in the Americas and compare them to environmental variables such as NPP. The goal is to see if there are areas where hunter-gatherer density appears inconsistent with environmental sustainability. The aim of this research is to determine if there are places researchers should look for hunter-gatherer sites currently being neglected, which would not be considered with current knowledge. My role in the project involves mapping hunter-gatherer sites starting in Peru, using previous databases and existing literature (via google scholar) about sites in Peru. This is what is ultimately compared to models of environmental sustainability. My research so far suggests there will likely be numerous hunter-gatherer sites near the Pacific coast of Peru. Whether this is based on environment or archaeological bias is uncertain. I hypothesize that there will be areas with environmental sustainability that have few hunter-gatherer sites and the same vice versa.

Authors: Kaitlyn Poe, Lauren Pratt
Research Method: Library/Archival/Internet Research

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