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If initial occupation of these sites predates the arrival of agriculture in the area, which is presently a possibility of unknown likelihood, they at least connote a predisposition to accept agriculture. According to W. H. Wills (1988:41), predisposition involves repetitive seasonal movement, limited geographic movement, and resource storage capacity. Suzanne and Paul Fish (1994:86) have suggested that experience with manipulation of wild plants may be an important pre-agricultural adaptation. The investment in terrace construction and the dense assemblages are more congruent with logistically organized settlement, as the rockshelters are far from typical forager camps (sensu Binford 1980).
Archaeologists have barely had time to absorb all the recent discoveries that make it necessary to remodel the dynamics of early agriculture in the Desert Borderlands. Evidence includes solid documentation of 4,000-year-old maize (Diehl 2005; Huber and Miljour 2004; Huckell 2005), 3,000-year-old irrigation canals (Damp, Hall, and Smith 2002; Mabry 2006), and 3,000- to 3,500-year-old village-like habitation sites with ubiquitous remains of maize associated with structures and storage 25 Gayle J.
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Archaeology Without Borders: Contact, Commerce, and Change in the U.S. Southwest and Northwestern Mexico (Southwest Symposium Series) by Laurie D. Webster, Maxine A. McBrinn