By Timothy A. Kohler
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Additional goals were to learn more about social and political relationships between the investigated sites (Driver 1996; Glowacki et al. 1995, 1998; Muir and Driver 2002, 2004; Ortman 2008; Pierce et al. 2002) and to understand the role of warfare in Pueblo III society (Kuckelman 2002; Kuckelman et al. 2000). An outgrowth of the Sand Canyon Project, which culminated in a working conference on the Pueblo III period across the Colorado Plateau (Adler, ed. 1996), was the initial creation of a large site database for the central Mesa Verde region (see Adler and Johnson 1996:262–264; Varien et al.
D. d. 980 (Breternitz et al. 12). Among the DAP’s many contributions was the reﬁning of sampling methods and the development of a site typology based on function and size. This typology diﬀered from earlier “discovery and description” schemes, which tended to classify sites on the basis of their settings. Habitation sites documented during the DAP were deﬁned as “residential centers of the community [that] contain the dwellings (households and interhousehold clusters), integrative structures, and other facilities and spaces integral to the community cluster” (Kane 1986:358).
1200s was a precursor to the largest change of all: the collapse of the settlement system and emigration of the remaining population during the late thirteenth century. d. d. 1200s, and they note that robust intrinsic growth could increase the overall population of an area even in the context of limited emigration. In a separate study, Wilshusen (2002:118– 119) argued that population levels in southwestern Colorado remained high until the middle to late 1200s. Although it may not apply to the entirety of the larger areas studied by Duﬀ and Wilshusen, our reconstruction supports elements of both models.