Scale, Interaction and Regional Analysis in Late Pueblo Prehistory
Examination of regional-scale processes in prehistory requires explicit consideration of what we mean by regions. Definitions vary with research interests and the times, but the boundaries of regions are usually defined by topography and the distribution of a number of material culture traits. As such, regions are essentially the scale within which archaeologists believe social interactions were concentrated. A closer look at regions, however, at least as they are defined archaeologically, suggests that they are less internally coherent than we might expect The question then becomes not only whether we can identify regions but whether the regions we identify are meaningful. I suggest that a consideration of demography and some of its associated properties can further archaeologists' understanding of variability in material culture in different areas during later prehistory and that it will permit us to construct regions with greater behavioral meaning.