Reconstructing Ancient Hohokam Irrigation Systems in the Middle Gila River Valley, Arizona, United States of America

Tianduowa Zhu, Kyle C. Woodson, Maurits Ertsen

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Abstract

We explore the concept of scales to examine emerging irrigation realities, i.e., connecting more agents within larger spaces - relates to the complexity of irrigation systems. Modern hydraulic models allow the inclusion of emerging multi-scale issues over time, including social issues related to different spatial and temporal scales. We show that the time needed to manage irrigation efficiently relates to the size of a system. By reconstructing ancient Hohokam irrigation systems in Arizona, we identify how longer-term extension of spatial scales created management problems beyond the scope of available technology. This approach allows greater understanding of how stresses in daily irrigation management may have impacted longer-term societal stability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-746
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Ecology
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018

Keywords

  • Hohokam
  • Middle Gila River
  • Arizona
  • Irrigation management
  • modelling
  • agency
  • levels of complexity

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