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Fire, Fields and Fertilizer: Exploring the Origins of Amazonian Landscapes

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Exploring the Origins of Amazonian Landscapes Increasing evidence suggest indigenous human-environment interactions have a legacy on modern ecosystems. Much of the advancements we have made in understanding long-term human drivers of ecological change come from interdisciplinary studies that integrate archaeology, palaeoecology, palaeoclimate, soil science, and botanical inventories to examine the key mechanisms and processes shaping ecosystem change. Implementing an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine case studies from the Amazon. These multi-proxy data suggest that the cultivation of multiple crops combined with forest management created resilient subsistence strategies that persisted despite pronounced climate variability and increasing social conflict in the region.

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