A symposium presented by:
Robert L. Bettinger, University of California Davis
Christopher Morgan, Utah State University
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
Beijing, Peoples Republic of China
August 23-25, 2010
9:00 am, Room 602
Drs. Bettinger and Morgan will present a symposium on current methods and theoretical approaches used in modeling prehistoric foraging behavior. Dr. Bettinger will present topics relating to the theme “Does Culture Matter?” Dr. Morgan will discuss topics relating to the theme “Stone Age Economics”. Combined they will present models derived from behavioral and evolutionary ecology, culture transmission theory, hunter-gatherer case studies and data from the Western Loess Plateau in Gansu Province. Each of the models in the symposium deliver alternative ways of predicting, modeling and testing hypotheses about the evolution of human foraging behavior using archaeological materials.
August 23: Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecologies
Bettinger: The Diet Breadth Model
Morgan: Central Place Foraging
August 24: Two Approaches to Prehistoric Economics
Bettinger: Front Versus Backloaded Strategies
Morgan: Risk and Uncertainty
August 25: How Culture Affects Foraging
Bettinger: Frequency Dependent Coordination
Morgan: The Middle and Upper Paleolithic on the Western Loess Plateau
Robert Bettinger is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. He is a world-renown expert on hunter-gatherer archaeology and the author of numerous articles, monographs and books on the subject.
Christopher Morgan is Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of the Anthropology Program at Utah State University. He is an expert on the archaeology of hunter-gatherers living in marginal environments and has been published in several international research journals.