Garvey, Raven - Lecturer
I am an archaeologist, most interested in cultural evolution and the ways ecological, demographic and social factors influence human behavior. I believe that an effective way to study these influences is through simple models that reduce the complexities of human behavior to a tractable number of variables, a method that often leads to counterituitive insights. My current projects in Mendoza Province, Argentina use such models to generate predictions of hunter-gatherer settlement and resource use and to understand adaptive responses to climatic changes, particularly a widespread and prolonged trend of warmer, drier conditions during the middle Holocene (8000-4000 BP). I use large scale archaeological surveys, geochemical and microscopic studies of obsidian (volcanic glass) and morphometric analyses of stone tools to collect data for these studies.
Garvey, R. (in press) El Uso de la Hidratación de Obsidianas en el Sur de Mendoza, Argentina ("The Use of Obsidian Hydration in Southern Mendoza, Argentina"; in Spanish). In Paleoecología Humana del Sur de Mendoza, edited by G. Neme and A. Gil. Sociedad Argentina de Antropología: Buenos Aires.
Garvey, R. and R. Bettinger (in press) Adaptive and Ecological Approaches to the Study of Hunter-Gatherers. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Garvey, R. (in press) A Model of Lithic Raw Material Procurement. In Lithic Technological Systems: Stone, Human Behavior, Evolution, edited by Nathan Goodale and William Andrefsky, Jr. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
Neme, G., A. Gil, R. Garvey, C. Llano, A. Zangrando, F. Franchetti, C. deFrancesco and C. Michieli (2011) El Registro Arqueológico de la Gruta de el Manzano y sus Implicancias para la Arqueologia de Nordpatagonia ("The Archaeological Record of Gruta de el Manzano and Its Implications for the Archaeology of North Patagonia"; in Spanish). Magallania 39:243-265.
Garvey, R. (2008) A Behavioral Ecological Approach to a Proposed Middle Holocene Occupational Gap. Before Farming, 2008/2, article 2.
Garvey, R., A.F. Gil and G.A. Neme (2008) Middle Holocene Behavioral Strategies in the Americas. Before Farming, 2008/2, article 1.
Garvey (Carper), R. (2005) On the Use of Symmetry to Assess Biface Production Goals. Lithic Technology 30(2):127-144.
Garvey (Carper), R. (2005) Avon’s Calling?: An Evaluation of Lithic Artifacts from the Avon site (24PW340). Archaeology in Montana 46(1):77-96.