Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Committee Chair

Steven Hackenberger

Second Committee Member

John Bowen

Third Committee Member

Tim Canaday


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.