A 5,000-Year History of Landscape Evolution in the Rio Blanco Valley of Uxbenká, Belize
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2021: General Sessions" session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Archaic people and Classic Period Maya played important roles in shaping their environments. Through early deforestation and later agricultural erosion humans have modified the world they lived in. This study aims to show the role the Maya had in the environmental change in their region. We report results of analysis of a 5,500-year-long profiles soil from over bank deposits along the Rio Blanco in Belize. We present the results from loss of ignition and δ13C and δ18O isotope analysis indicating gradual but steady human impacts on the landscape prior to the establishment of the Classic Period polity and then accelerated impacts due to erosion associated with increasing agriculture after 100 CE.
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A 5,000-Year History of Landscape Evolution in the Rio Blanco Valley of Uxbenká, Belize. Marina Lemly, Keith Prufer. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 467649)
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min long: -94.197; min lat: 16.004 ; max long: -86.682; max lat: 21.984 ;
Abstract Id(s): 33133