Date of Degree Completion
Master of Science (MS)
Cultural and Environmental Resource Management
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Archaeologists can gain a better understanding of subsistence strategies by analyzing the net advantage of exploiting certain resources over others across a large area with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and application of economic. GIS modeling is a powerful tool used by archaeologists to catalog and analyze site information in a spatial context. Economic models interpret human behavior in terms of cost and benefit. Little archaeological research has been done in central Idaho. This thesis develops economic models of hunting, gathering and fishing for the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (FC-RONRW). This research builds upon previous theories of subsistence strategies and resource use in upland environments, and create a predictive model that can be applied to a variety of ecological regions.
Saunders, Anthony J., "An Economic Approach to Modeling Archaeological Settlement Patterns in Central Idaho" (2016). All Master's Theses. 376.