I suspect they agreed not to kill the peasants for food. Not killing peasants-a very useful service to the peasants.
Yeah, that might provide me some motivation. But it would be interesting to know if the townfolk produced something. Homo economus or homo tyrannus.
posted on 10/14/2003 5:35:04 PM PDT
The peasants are still sending the corn to the blow hards.
Ten thousand years from now Archaeologists will be wondering how Washingtonians fed themselves with all the concrete covering the arable land.
posted on 10/14/2003 5:50:58 PM PDT
I've got to check my old sources on this.
From what I remember in the 80s, when they were discovering and mapping all the old roads, there was a problem. There wasn't enough garbage at these sites - the midden or dump was too small. An explanation offered at that time was that people came to these sites for seasonal ceremonies and that the rest of the time not many people lived there. Don't know if that ever got worked out, but the problem of not enough garbage for the population the size of the structures implied was clear.
Now I read that a few corn cobs have been tested to be from 50 miles away. That could be the case if people normally lived in the farm sites and then brought the corn to Chaco when they went there.
So, just because the corn is from far away doesn't mean that a huge population lived in Chaco full time.
The news article might not have all this info, but I will look for the report.
Interestingly, when I was in Chaco in 83 (or 81) at the same time as a conference, one of the archaeologists commented on how you could still look out at land and see the places where there were fields in the past because the soil was poorer there (had still not recovered). It looked that way to me also, but when you see how far apart the Hopis plant their corn compared to normal farmers, a small field would not grow much corn anyway.
Thanks for the post.
posted on 10/14/2003 5:54:59 PM PDT
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