(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2009)

Document title

Linking cultural and environmental change in Peruvian prehistory : geomorphological survey of the Samaca Basin, lower Ica Valley, Peru

published at : Developments in International Geoarchaeology. Special Issue

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dep. of Archaeology, Univ., Cambridge, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) School of Archaeology, Univ. College, Dublin, IRLANDE
(3) Dep. of geography, Univ., Cambridge, ROYAUME-UNI


This paper describes the methods used in carrying out the geomorphological survey and its results and interpretations, which include the definition of the basic geomorphic units across the upper Samaca Basin, the nature of the relict river terrace underlying H-13, the extent of landscape and ecological change across H-13 as revealed by buried soils. Evaluation of contexts from archaeological and archaeobotanical data were extracted and subsequently analysed. Soil micromorphology approaches were also used. The investigations reveal that, although major El Niño climatic perturbations occurring around the end of the Early Intermediate Period are part of the explanation, more gradual, human-induced reduction in riparian, dry-forest vegetation also lie behind major landscape change, which culminated during the Middle Horizon


Thematical fascicle

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2009, vol. 78, no 3 [pp. 234-249]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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