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Forager Intensification and the Development of Agriculture in the Amazon Basin
Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting (2012)
  • Pei-Lin Yu, National Park Service
Abstract
Recent debates regarding ancient Amazonia range from ethnographically derived characterizations of mobile foragers to archaeologically based descriptions of sedentized agriculturists. Archaeological and ethnographic domains of knowledge are powerful tools for learning when used in combination to structure research problems. This paper uses ethnoarchaeological data about foraging and small scale horticulture, and Lewis Binford's database of foraging groups, to develop a testable model statement that predicts conditions under which Amazon Basin foragers would (or would not) intensify subsistence to the threshold of food production. The archaeological and paleoenvironmental record can then be assessed for evidence of those conditions.
Publication Date
April 20, 2012
Citation Information
Pei-Lin Yu. "Forager Intensification and the Development of Agriculture in the Amazon Basin" Society for American Archaeology 77th Annual Meeting (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/pei-lin_yu/15/