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What’s that mound? Answers from interdisciplinary approach

Author(s): Stéphen Rostain

Year: 2015

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Modern archaeology must diversify its scientific approaches. First, it is essential to get various viewpoints and different scales to understand better the artifact. Moreover, the interdisciplinary methodology improves considerably the interpretation. The Amazonian raised fields study is a good example of such multiple scientific approaches. While raised field agriculture is no longer widely practiced today, it was quite widespread in the past. These structures are frequently found on the coast of the Guianas, the remnants of a technique widely used during the pre-Columbian period. The interdisciplinary research recently conducted on these structures revealed many surprising aspects of such intensive agriculture. Only the multiplicity of expertise completed successfully to a general understanding of these ecofacts. The Guianas coast has a long history of human impact and the actual landscape partially results of a millenary cultural action.

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What’s that mound? Answers from interdisciplinary approach. Stéphen Rostain. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396004)


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South America


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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America