Prehistoric Agriculture at La Plata: Exploring Soil Texture Changes across Features

Part of the Legacies on the Landscape project

Author(s): Stacey McGee

Year: 2007

Summary

Numerous factors affect soil composition, including the parent rock, time, rainfall, wind, and animal burrowing and wastes, but human activities undoubtedly cause the most extensive change in soil properties over the shortest periods of time. At Pueblo La Plata, intensive agricultural practices were utilized for just over 200 years, and yet, six centuries later, the legacies created on the landscape are still as visible. This paper will focus on the effects of prehistoric agriculture on soil texture around La Plata and will provide data that support the idea that ancient farmers altered surrounding soils for their benefit. The soil information collected in this particular study is essential to understanding prehistoric agriculture in the Southwest region.

Cite this Record

Prehistoric Agriculture at La Plata: Exploring Soil Texture Changes across Features. Stacey McGee. 2007 ( tDAR id: 406893) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8Z03B36

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1200 to 1450

Spatial Coverage

min long: -112.162; min lat: 34.079 ; max long: -111.907; max lat: 34.296 ;

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