A wider view of the relationship between settlement size and population in the Peruvian Andes

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Date: Oct. 1997
From: American Antiquity(Vol. 62, Issue 4)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,667 words

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Although the relationship between settled area and population size has been well studied in archaeology, anthropology, and geography, with numerous empirical data sets, an established methodological approach, and a body of theory, Schreiber and Kintigh's (1996) analysis of archaeological and historical data from the Peruvian Andes found "only a weak correlation" between these variables. By employing double logarithmic data, the relationship is shown to be much better than the "surprisingly poor" one the raw data suggests. Regression analysis of these Peruvian data in logarithmic form yields power functions that conform closely with expectations derived from a body of settlement size theory based on the allometric principle.

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