Culture and Agriculture: A Comment On Sissel Schroeder, Maize Productivity In The Eastern Woodlands And Great Plains Of North America
Using selective maize yield data from ethnohistoric and government sources dating between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, Schroeder (1999) argues that Mississippian average yield potential fell within a 9--10 bu/acre range. We evaluate her argument in terms of well-established climatic, environmental, varietal, and behavioral constraints on maize agriculture and conclude that reconstructing prehistoric agricultural potential requires a more precise methodology that incorporates these factors.
agriculture, prehistory, maize, baden, beekman
William W. Baden and Christopher S. Beekman (2001).
Culture and Agriculture: A Comment On Sissel Schroeder, Maize Productivity In The Eastern Woodlands And Great Plains Of North America. American Antiquity.66 (3), 505-515.