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dc.creatorKohler, Timothy A.
dc.creatorHiggins, Rebecca
dc.descriptionThis article has been embargoed 12 months at the publisher's request and will be released in October 2017.
dc.description.abstractThe rapid rise of the “Chaco phenomenon” in northern New Mexico in the ninth century AD invites a search for either historical precursors or generative processes that might have explanatory utility. We analyze one candidate system, the well-known Basketmaker III and Pueblo I communities investigated by the Dolores Archaeological Program in southwestern Colorado, to determine whether there is evidence of change through time in the direction of more inequality of households. We use the Gini index to quantify concentration in the distributions of living space, storage space, and total household space. We see no prominent trend toward increasing inequality in these data, but we do note possible evidence for leveling, in that inequality in an “income” measure is higher than in a “total wealth” measure. These leveling processes seem to be stronger for households in villages than for those in dispersed settings. Comparably produced Gini coefficients for other ancient settings would greatly enhance the comparative search for the causes of higher levels of household inequality frequently manifested in agricultural societies.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Pressen_US
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dc.subjectAncestral Pueblo culture
dc.subjectDolores Archaeological Program (U.S.)
dc.titleQuantifying Household Inequality in Early Pueblo Villages
dc.description.citationKohler, Timothy A. & Higgins, Rebecca. (2016). Quantifying Household Inequality in Early Pueblo Villages. Current Anthropology, 57(5): 690-697.

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    This collection features work by Tim A. Kohler, professor in the anthropology department at Washington State University.

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