Subsistence, Sex, and Cultural Transmission in Folsom Culture

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Archaeological and ethnographic data, as well as evolutionary theory, facilitate the understanding of key aspects of forager behavior in the northern Plains of North America during the Folsom period (10,900-10,200 B.P.). Some of these behavioral adaptations include: (1) given low and dispersed Folsom populations, foragers used high mobility to locate mates and maintain kinship, economic, and social networks; (2) because the hunting of bison was the optimal subsistence choice, Folsom groups were likely characterized by a disproportionate male contribution to the diet and, thus, a male-biased juvenile sex-ratio; and (3) given the relatively uniform nature of the Folsom tool kit across the Plains, a many-to-one (slow), concerted model of cultural transmission may have operated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-239
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Anthropological Archaeology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1998


  • Cultural transmission
  • Ethnographic analogy
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Folsom
  • Reproductive strategies


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