Title

Culture and Agriculture: A Comment On Sissel Schroeder, Maize Productivity In The Eastern Woodlands And Great Plains Of North America

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Publication Source

American Antiquity

Volume

66

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

505-515

ISBN/ISSN

00027316

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

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.

Keywords

agriculture, prehistory, maize, baden, beekman

Disciplines

Anthropology

 
 

Link to Original Published Item

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2694248