Sponsored by: AIA-Boulder Society
Ancient social environments are difficult to reconstruct, and archaeologists have a much poorer grasp of how the social environment affects where and how people live. One sort of social behavior that is often visible archaeologically is violence: raiding and warfare. Using ethnohistoric cases, I identify “landscapes of predation” created by intense social violence. I will describe the archaeological signatures that violence produces and illustrate the utility of this concept with examples from the American Southwest and Southeast.