Journal article

Mid- to late-Holocene fluvial activity behind pre-Columbian social complexity in the southwestern Amazon basin

Umberto Lombardo, Jan-Hendrik May, Heinz Veit

The Holocene | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2012


The scale, spatial variability and implications of pre-Columbian human-induced changes in the Amazon basin are controversial. While some scholars believe that large settlements and complex societies were limited to areas with favourable environmental conditions and human disturbance was localized, others propose that social complexity developed regardless of environmental constraints and opportunities and that human disturbance was widespread. In order to understand the extent to which environmental preconditions influenced the development of pre-Columbian societies, research is needed that integrates both environmental reconstructions and archaeological data. The present study explores past..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study is a contribution to the project 'Holocene hydrogeomorphology and pre-Columbian water management in the Llanos de Moxos, Bolivian Amazon' supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (grant number 200021-122289).