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Many now view the Amazonian environment as a social construction and not as a culturally defining element. This perspective is a vision that goes beyond the dichotomy between human societies and nature; the human being is not considered a passive agent who simply reacts to stimuli.

This shift in focus presents humans as agents who transform the landscape through the use and manipulation of resources and takes into consideration the inventive character of the human being.

This perspective in Amazonia has put forward the genesis of fertile anthropogenic soils as the mark of cultural changes associated with intensive environmental management, including agriculture. The debate on the human articulation with the environment is ongoing, and the implications for pre-Colonial population numbers in Amazonia are considerable. This process of human manipulation and betterment of soils both intentional and unintentional is not restricted to Amazonia, but has been and is found throughout the world with both agricultural and non-agricultural populations and anthrosols are the result.

Efforts are now being made by an interdisciplinary, international group of scholars to study the past, present, and future of soil manipulation and nutrient recycling. Past and present Amazonian Amerindian groups have typically been considered to be small, autonomous, non-sedentary, non-stratified polities, usually with single settlement units led by a headman of transitory, situational leadership. While this model pertains to virtually all modern Amerindian groups in lowland Amazonia, it explains little of the regional archaeological record.


The past few decades of research have more than called into question this monolithic amando of regional Amerindians. During the next 1, years these trends became even more widespread regionally. Large and small settlements were not restricted to major riverine settings, but were also found near the headwaters streams well into the interior and together encompassed millions of inhabitants.

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When discussing quality of life and population numbers, subsistence considerations become paramount; people consume food. It is becoming increasingly clear that Amazonian responses to problems of food production utilized an array of adaptations consisting of a multitude of varieties of cultigens and semidomesticates, agroforestry, focused manipulation of local ecologies, and large scale modification of soil conditions. Patches of exceptionally fertile, anthropogenic dark soils occur throughout lowland portions of the basin Posmoderndad 1.

These have been used to support numerous theories concerning pre-European settlement patterns, population densities, and cultural development. Why have these soils largely overlooked by researchers? The culprit is clearly the tyranny of scale. No maps of the Amazon Basin depict these soils; individual expanses rarely exceed more than a few square posmoderndad and usually encompass much less area. However, when taken together their cumulative expanse is tremendous.

Reports from Brasil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela, all point to the widespread distribution and posmodernidd cumulative area of these anthropogenically enriched soils. Did this huge productive capacity translate into the reality of production?

So, we have a long period of human interaction with and manipulation of the Amazonian environment that by had led to a situation that would not by any measure be considered natural or pristine. What ultimately would have been the outcome of this experiment in domesticity?


One final, more general note is required. We must understand that the pre-European inhabitants of the Amazonia were human with the entirety of positive and negative consequences that such a stance entails. These people lived their lives striving to make their world better for themselves, their families, and future generations and in so doing accomplished variable degrees of success and failure. Theirs, as ours, was a dynamic physical and cultural environment with complex interactions morernidad it is the evidence of the resultant changes and their links to the process that we are just beginning to understand.

Investigation of their lifeways and how they changed their environment and how these traditional practices can be understood and applied to modern settings involves interdisplinary efforts.

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While a focus on Amazonia is proposed, anthrosols are a worldwide phenomenon and applications of the Amazonian investigations will have productive implications for the future of agriculture throughout the world. References Glaser, Bruno, and William I.

Explorations in Space and Time. Lehmann, Johannes, Dirse C.

Kern, Bruno Glaser, and William I. Origin, Properties and Management. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. Lima, and William I. Another current research topic concerns carbon sequestration in soils as a potential mitigating process for land degradation and atmospheric CO2 accumulation. An ancillary interest involves birds has an indicator of anthropogenic environmental change. Este sitio usa Akismet para reducir el spam.