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Who provided maize to Chaco Canyon after the mid-12th-century drought?

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Year
2010

Citation

Benson, Larry V, 2010, Who provided maize to Chaco Canyon after the mid-12th-century drought?: Journal of Archaeological Science, v. 37, iss. 3, p. 621-629.

Summary

Between A.D. 1181 and 1200, in the early part of a climatically wet period, corn was imported to Chaco Canyon from a region outside the Chaco Halo (defined in this paper as the region between the base of the Chuska Mountains and Raton Wells). Strontium-isotope (87Sr/86Sr) analyses of 12 corn cobs dating to this period match 87Sr/86Sr ratios from five potential source areas, including: the Zuni region, the Mesa Verde-McElmo Dome area, the Totah, the Defiance Plateau, and Lobo Mesa. The latter two areas were eliminated from consideration as possible sources of corn in that they appear to have been unpopulated during the time period of interest. Therefore, it appears that the corn cobs were imported from the Zuni region, the Mesa Verde-McElmo [...]

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Author :
Benson, Larry V

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  • USGS National Research Program

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Added to ScienceBase on Mon Apr 22 12:37:19 MDT 2013 by processing file <b>Former Project Tropical and Arid Regions Climate.xml</b> in item <a href="https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216b9e4b04b508bfd337b">https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/504216b9e4b04b508bfd337b</a>

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DOI http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 10.1016/j.jas.2009.10.027

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