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UUAP 113: Climate and the Dolores River Anasazi: A Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction from a 10,000-year Pollen Record, La Plata Mountains, SW Colorado

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Copyright: 1988
Trim: 7.5 x 10
Pages: 162

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978-0-87480-303-7
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UUAP 113: Climate and the Dolores River Anasazi: A Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction from a 10,000-year Pollen Record, La Plata Mountains, SW Colorado

University of Utah Anthropological Paper 113

Kenneth Lee Petersen

University of Utah Anthropological Papers

Jesse D. Jennings, series editor

Anthropology / Archaeology

This study was undertaken to obtain a detailed and continuous record of climate change in the Four Corners area over the last ten thousand years. Climate change is also discussed in reference to the Dolores River Anasazi over the last two thousand years. Pollen and tree-ring data are presented and discussed.

The Anthropological Papers series is published on-demand on the Espresso Book Machine at the J. Willard Marriott Library of the University of Utah. No returns will be accepted.


Table of Contents:

Illustrations
Tables
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
Climate and Man
Pollen-based Climatic Reconstruction
History of the Present Study
The Dolores Archaeological Program
Organization of this Volume

2. Study Area
Vegetation
Climate
Glacial History
Setting of Study Sites

3. Methods

4. Results
Sediment and C-14 Chronology
Surface Pollen Samples
Pollen and Charcoal Records
Dating Historic Vegetation Change in the La Plata Mountains
Summary

5. Developing an Index for Summer Warmth
Historic Changes at the Timberline
Summary and Implications

6. Developing an Index for Winter Precipitation
Changes at the Lower Spruce Forest Border
Summary

7. Developing an Index for Summer Rainfall
Evidence for Pinyon Change from Beef Pasture
Summary and Implications

8. Reconstruction of the Climate
La Plata Mountains' Fire History
La Plata Mountains' Pollen Zones

9. Summary and Synthesis
Summary of the Last 10,000 Years of Climatic Change
The Last 2,000 Years: Climate and the Dolores River Anasazi

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