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Lecture Notes 9.4.07

Lecture Notes 9.4.07 - -precise records document the...

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POSC 220g Lecture Notes 9.4.07 Chaco Canyon settlement -New Mexico -similar to LA -desolate region with few available resources -center of a “mini empire”; centralized government; quite prosperous -rapidly used up available resources on site. -complex system of roads used to support civilization with water, crops and timber; irrigation ditches -civilization eventually declined; signs of malnutrition amongst commoners
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Unformatted text preview: -precise records document the decline-speculation is that a 15-year period of below average rainfall precipitated the Chaco civilization’s collapse-potential cause of decline: hierarchical society failed to help the poorer citizens (elite negligent to solve society’s problems that don’t affect them)...
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