A Functional Estimator of Population from Floor Area

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This paper presents an alternative to Naroll's formula for estimating population size from settlement area. It uses an allometric model modified for hunter-gatherer camps. In this model, the parameters are derived theoretically to describe mean area per person and the geometric properties of population distribution. The proposed model is then tested on 16 !Kung Bushmen settlements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-350
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Issue number2Part1
StatePublished - Apr 1 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology
  • Museology


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