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Cultivated landscapes of native Amazonia and the Andes

Author: William M Denevan
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Series: Oxford geographical and environmental studies
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This book examines both ancient and current agricultural field types and technologies in the Andes and Amazonia. These systems have often been intensive, highly productive, and have supported large  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William M Denevan
ISBN: 0198234074 9780198234074
OCLC Number: 612399609
Description: 396 Seiten : Illustrationen.
Contents: PART I. FIELDS AND ASSOCIATED FEATURES; 1. Introduction: research on indigenous cultivation in the Americas; 2. Classification of field types; 3. Crops, tools, and soft technology; PART II. AMAZONIAN CULTIVATION; 4. A diversity of Habitats and field systems; 5. Fields of the Mojo, Campa, Bora, Shipibo, and Karinya; 6. Pre-European riverine cultivation; 7. Pre-European forest cultivation; PART III. ANDEAN IRRIGATION AND TERRACING; 8. Irrigated fields; 9. Terraced fields; 10. Terrace and irrigation origins and abandonment in the Colca valley; PART IV. RAISED AND DRAINED FIELDS; 11. Lost systems of cultivation; 12. The Mojos raised fields; 13. The Titicaca raised fields; 14. Ditched fields, drainage canals, and river canalization; PART V. CONCLUSIONS; 15. Implications of indigenous agricultural technology; APPENDICES; 1A Cultivated plants of South America; 1B Roster of cultivated plants by species name
Series Title: Oxford geographical and environmental studies
Responsibility: William M. Denevan.


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One of the great strengths of the book is that Denevan draws on his extensive fieldwork experience in Amazonia and the Andes, and that this work of reference is supported by far greater personal Read more...

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