Settlement Locations and Soil Fertility in the Volcán Barú Region of Panama
Author(s): Laura Brodie
Analyses of settlement locations (such as hamlets and farmsteads) within the Volcán Barú region of Panama and their associated periods of occupation suggest that during certain times, such as the Chiriquí Period, soil fertility was an important factor in determining the location. However, during other periods, it does not seem to have been significant. There also is a centralization of the population during the late formative, or Late Bugaga Phase, which correlates with previous findings of Barriles and Pitti-Gonzalez getting larger during that phase. Soil fertility does not appear to have been an essential feature of the first settlements in the region.
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Settlement Locations and Soil Fertility in the Volcán Barú Region of Panama. Laura Brodie. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444940)
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