Persistent Early to Middle Holocene tropical foraging in southwestern Amazonia

Capriles, José M.; Lombardo, Umberto; Maley, Blaine; Zuna, Carlos; Veit, Heinz; Kennett, Douglas J. (2019). Persistent Early to Middle Holocene tropical foraging in southwestern Amazonia. Science Advances, 5(4), eaav5449. American Association for the Advancement of Science 10.1126/sciadv.aav5449

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The Amazon witnessed the emergence of complex societies after 2500 years ago that altered tropical landscapes through intensive agriculture and managed aquatic systems. However, very little is known about the context and conditions that preceded these social and environmental transformations. Here, we demonstrate that forest islands in the Llanos de Moxos of southwestern Amazonia contain human burials and represent the earliest settlements in the region between 10,600 and 4000 years ago. These archaeological sites and their contents represent the earliest evidence of communities that experienced conditions conducive to engaging with food production such as environmental stability, resource disturbance, and increased territoriality in the Amazonian tropical lowlands.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Paleo-Geoecology
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Lombardo, Umberto and Veit, Heinz

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
500 Science > 560 Fossils & prehistoric life
900 History
900 History > 980 History of South America

ISSN:

2375-2548

Publisher:

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lukas Munz

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2019 07:54

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2019 02:38

Publisher DOI:

10.1126/sciadv.aav5449

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.130385

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130385

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