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Geoarchaeological assessment of long-term site- and field-management characteristics at the pre-Aksumite site of Mezber, Tigrai Plateau.

Author(s): Paul Adderley ; Mitchell Power ; Valery Terwilliger

Year: 2017

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The ancient polities of the Tigrai Plateau and this region’s pronounced climatic variations combine to create a research paradigm where social-environmental interactions can be considered over the long-term. Existing regional-scale indicators suggest that human responses to climate variability differed between peoples, polities and time-periods. Framed by an ongoing regional study designed to examine high-resolution climate and environmental markers at a broad-spatial scale, the study of the pre-Aksumite (1600 BCE – 1 CE) site of Mezber allows more refined a site-level understanding of anthropogenic interactions to be developed, both site-use and agrarian land management. This paper considers a set of geoarchaeological measurements and land-use proxies, including micromorphology, image analysis and inorganic chemical analysis of the sediments for this site. The complex dynamics between regional climate variations and indicators of past fire-husbandry and land management at this site are then explored.


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Geoarchaeological assessment of long-term site- and field-management characteristics at the pre-Aksumite site of Mezber, Tigrai Plateau.. Paul Adderley, Mitchell Power, Valery Terwilliger. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430988)


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AFRICA


Spatial Coverage

min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16417

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