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VIRTUAL - How the Amazon was Built
March 4, 2021 @ 5:30 pm EST Pacific Time
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Portland
Lecturer: John H. Walker
The Amazon is often thought of as the living example of untouched, and perhaps untouchable Nature, with a capital N. But over the past thirty years, it has become apparent that the Amazon Basin was the home of a stunning variety of ways of life, as vibrant as any region in the world. By working with experts from other fields like ecology, forestry, linguistics, cultural anthropology, and history, archaeologists are coming to recognize the many ways that the history of the Amazon has been a human history for thousands of years. In this talk we will look at the spectacular ceramics of the Marajo island culture, the circular geoglyphs of the southern Amazon, and the raised fields of the Llanos de Mojos in eastern Bolivia. An understanding of the Amazon that includes the archaeological record is one that no only gives us a truer picture of what went on in the past, but also gives us a stronger foundation on which to base our efforts to successfully live with the Amazon in the future.