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Setting the Stage: Previous Paleoclimatic Research in Texas and Surrounding Areas

C. Britt Bousman and David O. Brown
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 43, No. 164 (May 1998), pp. 105-109
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25669534
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Setting the Stage: Previous Paleoclimatic Research in Texas and Surrounding Areas
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Abstract

The relationship between culture and environment and the effects of variable climatic conditions on past cultures have long been recognized, but have not always been pursued in archaeological investigations. Early studies treated the environment as a static phenomenon, partly due to lack of precise dating methods and underdevelopment in the science of paleoclimatology. This paper outlines the history of paleoclimatic/paleoenvironmental reconstructions in relation to culture in the Southern Plains, tracing the work from research surrounding the Clovis site from the 1930s up to the present day. We introduce the following set of papers from a symposium at the 1994 joint Plains Conference/Texas Archeological Society Annual Meeting at Lubbock, which united researchers active in paleoclimatic studies in Texas.

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