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Ancient plant management at ADEs on Santarem region from an archaeobotanical approach

Author(s): Daiana Alves ; Jose Iriarte ; Denise P. Schaan

Year: 2016

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ADEs are highly fertile soils found in association with archaeological sites all over the Amazonia that result from ancient societies’ landscape management. We present preliminary results on the research of plant consumption on Amazonian Dark Earths (ADE) sites at Santarem region, Lower Amazon. To tackle questions concerning plant food production and the formation of ADEs at the region three sites are under investigation from an archaeobotanical approach: Serra do Maguari and Cedro on terra firme plateau and the riverine Porto de Santarem. Soil samples for phytolith and micro charcoal analyses were collected in test pits column soils and excavations on the sites. So far, palm phytoliths were identified on samples from Serra do Maguari.


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Ancient plant management at ADEs on Santarem region from an archaeobotanical approach. Daiana Alves, Jose Iriarte, Denise P. Schaan. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403250)


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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