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A History of Landscape Transformation and Environmental Change across the Ascope Irrigation System of the Chicama Valley.

Author(s): Ari Caramanica ; Gary Huckleberry

Year: 2017

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The sequence of landscape transformation across the area of the Ascope Canal System in the Chicama Valley involved both natural and anthropogenic events and processes that unfolded in nonlinear ways. We argue that early events were crucial in determining transformations later in the sequence. In the arid environment of the North Coast, water availability plays a key role in landscape histories. This paper highlights evidence for El Niño events, water management, and changing ecologies for the Paleoindian period through the Colonial period in the area, drawing from sedimentary, archaeobotanical, survey and ethnohistorical data. Retracing both the human and natural histories of this landscape reveals both their interdependence and the potential impact that early modifications had on later outcomes.


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A History of Landscape Transformation and Environmental Change across the Ascope Irrigation System of the Chicama Valley.. Ari Caramanica, Gary Huckleberry. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429274)


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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 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14654

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