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The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca: A Case-study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse

The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca: A Case-study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse

by David Beresford-Jones


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ISBN-13: 9780197264768
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Beresford-Jones is a Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge. His work seeks to bring together archaeology, archaeobotany and geomorphology to better understand prehistoric human ecology. He has directed the lower Ica Valley Archaeological Research Project in Peru since 2003. He also has interests in the origins of agriculture and the synthesis of archaeology and historical linguistics, especially in the Andes. He has contributed articles to journals such as Current Anthropology, Latin American Antiquity and Catena.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The South Coast Desert
3. A Lost Landscape - Ancient Settlement of Ullujaya and Samaca
4. Tracing Landscape Change - The Geomorphological Record
5. Tracing Human Ecology - The Archaeobotanical and Malacological Record
6. Deforestation
7. The Huarango - The Genus Prosopis on the South Coast
8. The Huarango in Desert Riparian and Agricultural Ecosystems
9. The Sonoran Desert - An Ethnoecological Analogue
10. Putting the Tree Back into the Landscape

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