Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Anthropology and Ethnic Studies

First Committee Member

Karen G. Harry

Number of Pages



Optimal Foraging Theory has received considerable intellectual criticism since its use as an archaeological tool for understanding human behavior. In this thesis, I will evaluate Optimal Foraging Theory with an empirical test from North Creek Shelter, an archaeological site located in the Escalante Basin on the northern portion of the Colorado Plateau. This test will focus on plant utilization by the early Archaic occupants of the site. An environmental reconstruction for the Escalante Basin will be used to determine the range and quantity of plant resources available to the early Archaic occupants of North Creek Shelter. Then a botanical assemblage collected during excavation at North Creek Shelter in 2006 will be evaluated in conjunction with the environmental reconstruction to determine the optimality of plant use by the sites early Archaic occupants.


Archaic; Creek; Early; Foraging; North; Optimal; Plant; Shelter; Theory; Use; Utah

Controlled Subject

Archaeology; Indians of North America--Study and teaching

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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