Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
Amazonia is generally thought of as a primeval forest – one of the last remaining pristine landscapes on Earth. However, archaeologists have found increasingly diverse evidence for long-term manipulation of plant species and entire landscapes by Amerindian peoples. Ranging from the early domestication of individual species and curation of landscapes to the creation of vast hydraulic works and transforming the very soil, these changes are proof that Amazonian landscapes are anything but untouched. Drawing upon a growing corpus of knowledge and my own research in the central Amazon, I journey across thousands of years and billions of acres to show how humans have made this great mosaic landscape.
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