Summary, Week 6

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Matt Staten Dr. Loren Davis Anthropology 430 12 February 2008 Article Summary – Week 6 “Hunter-Gatherers as Optimal Foragers” is a chapter from Robert Bettinger’s “Hunter- Gatherers: Archaeological and Evolutionary Theory”. In this chapter, Bettinger examines the methods of determining optimal foraging strategies using mathematical formulas. The first method Bettinger describes is the “Diet Breadth Model” which assumes that a forager will select the food that provides the most net energy per unit of time spent procuring it. Actually, this is the basis for much of what Bettinger writes about – he focuses on what is “optimal” instead of what may or may not be realistic. This is discussed in great detail toward the end of the chapter, but that will come later. Returning to the Diet Breadth Model, Bettinger explains that it can be used to create a prioritized list of available resources, with priority going to the resource with the highest energy yield:energy expenditure ratio. This list can then be used to better understand subsistence
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANTH 435 taught by Professor Davis during the Spring '08 term at Oregon State.

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