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  • 1.
    Barthel, Stephan
    et al.
    Stockholm University.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Urban gardens, agriculture, and water management: Sources of resilience forlong-term food security in cities2013In: Ecological Economics, ISSN 0921-8009, E-ISSN 1873-6106, Vol. 86, p. 224-234Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Food security has always been a key resilience facet for people living in cities. This paper discusses lessons for food security fromhistoric and prehistoric cities. The Chicago school of urban sociology established amodernist understanding of urbanism as an essentialist reality separate from its larger life-support system. However, different urban histories have given rise to a remarkable spatial diversity and temporal variation viewed at the global and long-term scales that are often overlooked in urban scholarship.Drawing on two case studies fromwidely different historical and cultural contexts – the Classic Maya civilization of the late first millennium AD and Byzantine Constantinople – this paper demonstrates urban farming as a pertinent feature of urban support systems over the long-term and global scales. We show how urban gardens, agriculture, and water management as well as the linked social–ecological memories of how to uphold such practices over time have contributed to long-term food security during eras of energy scarcity. We exemplify with the function of such local blue–green infrastructures during chocks to urban supply lines. We conclude that agricultural production is not “the antithesis of the city," but often an integrated urban activity that contribute to the resilience of cities.

  • 2. Hornborg, Alf
    et al.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Lund Conference on World System History and Global Environmental Change.2004In: Anthropology News, ISSN 1556-3502, Vol. 45, no 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 3.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    2008. Applied Archaeology in the Bolivian Yungas.2008In: Anthropology News, ISSN 1556-3502, Vol. 49Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Agro-urban landscapes: the example of Maya lowland cities2012In: Antiquity, ISSN 0003-598X, E-ISSN 1745-1744, Vol. 86, no 334, p. 1112-1125Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The author sets out to explain why Maya cities are so dispersed, with a ceremonial core surrounded by spacious neighbourhoods. Using the case study of Xuch, and the judicious application of phosphate analysis, he shows that these were clusters of farmsteads, growing food. Tackling the apparent confrontation of town and country in the same settlement he urges us to reconsider 'urbanism' as being too narrow a term in archaeology. Solutions that combine food production and ritual can be seen as increasingly diverse. The paper provides valuable reflections for archaeologists studying settlement evolution the world over.

  • 5.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Agro-urbana landskap2012In: Miljöhistorier: Personliga, lokala, globala berättelser om dåtid, samtid och framtid. / [ed] Anneli Ekblom, Michel Notelid, Uppsala: CSD Uppsala och Institution för arkeologi och antik historia, Uppsala universitet , 2012, p. 45-52Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Säkra matförsörjningssystem är det mest grundläggande problemet för alla städer och ärnyckeln till hållbara urbana system, oavsett plats och tid. Den förhärskandebilden som vi har idag av staden som fenomen präglas i mycket av eurocentrism, recentism och gigantism, eller enkelt uttryckt: på samtida eller sentida förtätade mega-städer av europeisk modell. Denna bild riskerar att blockera vår förmåga att planera och forma nya städer i framtiden, liksom det ofta harförsvårat vår förståelse av andra former av städer i det förflutna. I denna text ges, med utgångspunkt från Maya områdets arkeologi, exempel på andra modeller av städer som kan inspirera oss idag.

  • 6.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Afrikansk och jämförande arkeologi.
    Angoche and the Indian Ocean: Towards a Historical Archaeology of Local and Global Processes in Northern Mozambique.2006In: Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology, Vol. 3, p. 22-49Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Applied Agro-Archaeological Research in the Bolivian Yungas.2008In: SAA Archaeological Record, ISSN 1532-7299, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 21-27Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Archaeology’s potential to contribute to pools of agronomic knowledge: a case of applied agro-archaeology in the Bolivian Yungas2013In: Humans and the environment: new archaeological perspectives for the twenty-first century / [ed] Matthew Davies and Freda Nkirote, Oxford University Press , 2013, p. 135-152Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Afrikansk och jämförande arkeologi.
    Comments on Takeshi Inomata: Plazas, Performers, and Spectators: Political Theaters of the Classic Maya2006In: Current Anthropology, Vol. 47, no 5, p. 825-Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Det förflutnas odlingar banar väg för framtidens jordbruk.2008In: Tvärsnitt, ISSN 0348-7997, no 2, p. 40-43Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Greening the ancient city: the agro-urban landscapes of the pre-hispanic Maya2010In: The urban mind: cultural and environmental dynamics / [ed] Paul Sinclair, Frands Herschend, Gullög Nordquist and Christian Isendahl, Uppsala: Uppsala University , 2010, p. 527-552Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Introducing the Past Ahead2012In: The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics / [ed] Christian Isendahl, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012, 1, p. 7-12Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Investigating Urban Experiences, Deconstructing Urban Essentialism2012In: UGEC (Urbanization & Global Environmental Change) Viewpoints, ISSN 1935-9160, no 8, p. 25-28Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Maya Urban Gardens at Xuch, Campeche, Mexico2013In: Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology: Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples / [ed] Amina-Aicha Malek, Bern: Peter Lang , 2013, p. 685-690Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Afrikansk och jämförande arkeologi. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    New Perspectives in Maya Archaeology.: Review essay of Kepecs, Susan and Rani T. Alexander (eds) (2005) The Postclassic to Spanish-Era Transition in Mesoamerica: Archaeological Perspectives. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press; Prufer, Keith M. and James E. Brady (eds) (2005) Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context. Boulder: University Press of Colorado; Shaw, Justine M. and Jennifer P. Matthews (eds) (2005) Quintana Roo Archaeology. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.2006In: Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 510-514Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Review of Balée, William and Clark Erickson (eds) (2006) Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology: Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands. New York: Columbia University Press.2007In: Journal of Latin American Anthropology, ISSN 1085-7052, E-ISSN 1548-7180, Vol. 12, no 2Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Afrikansk och jämförande arkeologi. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Review of Lucero, Lisa J. (2006) Water and Ritual: The Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Rulers. Austin: University of Texas Press.2006In: Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 457-459Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Afrikansk och jämförande arkeologi. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Review of Palka, Joel W. (2005) Unconquered Lacandon Maya: Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Indigenous Culture Change. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.2006In: Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 218-220Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Review of Scarborough, Vernon L. (2003) The Flow of Power: Ancient Water Systems and Landscapes. Santa Fe: SAR Press.2005In: Latin American antiquity, ISSN 1045-6635, E-ISSN 2325-5080, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 117-119Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Afrikansk och jämförande arkeologi. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Review of Sharer, Robert J. and Loa P. Traxler (2006) The Ancient Maya. Sixth edition. Stanford: Stanford University Press.2006In: Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 220-222Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Review of Stewart, Pamela J. and Andrew Strathern (eds) (2003) Landscape, Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives. London and Sterling: Pluto Press.2007In: Culture and agriculture, ISSN 1048-4876, E-ISSN 1556-486X, Vol. 29, no 1Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Afrikansk och jämförande arkeologi. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Review of Turner, B.L. II, Jacqueline Geoghegan, and David R. Foster (eds) (2004) Integrated Land-Change Science and Tropical Deforestation in the Southern Yucatán: Final Frontiers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.2006In: Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography, Vol. 88, no 2, p. 258-259Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Anthropocene forces us to reconsider adaptationist models of human-environment interactions: Comment on “The New World of the Anthropocene”2010In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 44, no 16, p. 6007-6007Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Archaeology of the Lowland Maya and in Eastern Africa: A Discussion of Some Selected Common Issues.1996In: TOR, ISSN 0495-8772, Vol. 28, p. 91-104Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Domestication and Early Spread Of Manioc (Manihot Esculenta Crantz): A Brief Synthesis2011In: Latin American antiquity, ISSN 1045-6635, E-ISSN 2325-5080, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 452-468Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Owing to poor preservation of organic remains in humid environments, direct evidence of early manioc (Manihot esculenta Crantz) cultivation is exceptionally rare in datable archaeological contexts. Recent research summarized here offers new insights into the spatio-temporal framework of the initial domestication and early spread of manioc in the Neotropics. Integrating evidence from comparative plant genetics and paleoethnobotanic starch analysis to contribute to the archaeology of manioc origins, this review finds that (1) the strongest candidate for the botanical origin of domesticated manioc the wild progenitor of the root crop is the species Manihot esculenta subspecies flabellifolia (Pohl) Ciferri; (2) the geographical origin of manioc the bionic in which the progenitor evolved is most likely in the savannas, the Brazilian Cerrado, to the south of the Amazon rainforest; (3) the Cerrado is also, in our best estimate, the region of agricultural origin of initial cultivation: (4) domesticated manioc had spread from the agricultural origin by the early Holocene, possibly as early as 10,000 years ago, but certainly by 7000 B.C.; and (5) domesticated manioc was a readily available plant in most habitats of the Neotropics by the mid-Holocene, at least some 6500 years ago.

  • 26.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Domestication and Early Spread of Manioc (Manihot esculenta Crantz): A Brief Synthesis.2011In: Latin American antiquity, ISSN 1045-6635, E-ISSN 2325-5080, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 452-468Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Owing to poor preservation of organic remains in humid environments, direct evidence of early manioc (Manihot esculenta Crantz) cultivation is exceptionally rare in datable archaeological contexts. Recent research summarized here offers new insights into the spatio-temporal framework of the initial domestication and early spread of manioc in the Neotropics. Integrating evidence from comparative plant genetics and paleoethnobotanic starch analysis to contribute to the archaeology of manioc origins, this review finds that (1) the strongest candidate for the botanical origin of domesticated manioc—the wild progenitor of the root crop—is the species Manihot esculenta subspecies flabellifolia (Pohl) Ciferri; (2) the geographical origin of manioc—the biome in which the progenitor evolved—is most likely in the savannas, the Brazilian Cerrado, to the south of the Amazon rainforest; (3) the Cerrado is also, in our best estimate, the region of agricultural origin of initial cultivation; (4) domesticated manioc had spread from the agricultural origin by the early Holocene, possibly as early as 10,000 years ago, but certainly by 7000 B.C.; and (5) domesticated manioc was a readily available plant in most habitats of the Neotropics by the mid-Holocene, at least some 6,500 years ago.

  • 27.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Mesoamerican Experience. Review essay of Ardren, Traci and Scott R. Hutson (eds) (2006) The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica. Boulder: University Press of Colorado; Houston, Stephen, David Stuart, and Karl Taube (2006) The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya. Austin: University of Texas Press.2007In: Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Vol. 12, no 2Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics2012Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In Andean cognition the embodiment of the past is different from many other ways to spatiallyrelate the position of the body to time. This epistemology is for instance expressed in the Quechuaword ñawpa, which signifies that the past is “in front of us;” it is known and can be seen. Seeing andknowing the past in this way reverberates within the historical ecological argument that the presentis contingent with the past and is explicitly reflected within the contributions to this volume. “ThePast Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics” forms a collection of reworkedpapers originally presented in shorter format by archaeologists, anthropologists, and linguists atthe research symposium “Archaeology and Society in Bolivia” organized at Uppsala University bythe editor. The volume includes chapters by Jan-Åke Alvarsson, Lisbet Bengtsson, Roger Blench,Sergio Calla, Christian Isendahl, Carla Jaimes, John Janusek, Adriana Muñoz, Heiko Prümers,Walter Sánchez, Per Stenborg, Juan Marcelo Ticona, and Charlotta Widmark examining a series ofdifferent aspects of agriculture, complex societies, identities, landscape, languages, and urbanism inthe highland and lowland Neotropics that all highlight the significance of the past in the present.

  • 29.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Puuc urban landscape: settlement archaeology at Xuch, Campeche2006In: Mexicon, ISSN 0720-5988, Vol. 28, p. 111-117Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 30.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    The Weight of Water: A New Look at Prehispanic Puuc Maya Water Reservoirs2011In: Ancient Mesoamerica, ISSN 0956-5361, E-ISSN 1469-1787, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 185-197Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the Maya lowlands ancient water management was multi-componential, diverse across space, and shifted over time. In the seasonally dry Puuc region of the northwestern Yucatan Peninsula, large reservoirs dominated water management during the Late Classic to Early Postclassic periods (a.d. 600–1250). Research reported here suggests that reservoirs were central components of Puuc urban settlements and that natural depressions—from which water reservoirs could be made in the Puuc terrain—were key settlement attractors in the region. In particular, new evidence of the pre-Hispanic construction of a berm of monumental proportions along the perimeter of a water reservoir at Xuch—a Late Classic to Early Postclassic Puuc Maya agro-urban settlement in Campeche, Mexico—stresses the political, economic, and symbolic importance of water and water reservoirs in pre-Hispanic Maya communities, previously demonstrated by colleagues working elsewhere in the Maya lowlands. This article discusses the “weight” of water reservoirs in Classic period Puuc Maya landscapes, adds to the literature on water management in other regions of the Maya lowlands, and explores aspects of economy, power, environment, and cosmology in water management systems of the dry regions of the northern Yucatan Peninsula.

  • 31.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Thinking about landscape and religion in the pre-hispanic Maya lowlands2011In: Ecology, power, and religion in Maya landscapes: 11th European Maya Conferende, Malmö University, December 2006 / [ed] Christian Isendahl and Bodil Liljefors Persson, Anton Saurwein Verlag , 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Isendahl, Christian
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Transformed Maya Continuities: Spiritual Rejuvenation and Forest Conservation. Review essay of Molesky-Poz, Jean (2006) Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not Lost. Austin: University of Texas Press; Nations, James D. (2006) The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, and Ancient Cities. Austin: University of Texas Press.2008In: Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Vol. 13, no 2Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Isendahl, Christian
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Liljefors Persson, BodilMalmö högskola.
    Ecology, power and religion in Maya landscapes2011Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
  • 34.
    Isendahl, Christian
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Liljefors Persson, Bodil
    Malmö högskola.
    Ekologi, makt och religion på Yucatán i ett långt tidsperspektiv2006In: Miljöhistoria över gränser / [ed] Fredrik Björk, Per Eliasson, Bo Fritzbøger, Malmö: Malmö högskola , 2006, p. 97-126Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 35.
    Isendahl, Christian
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Smith, Michael E.
    Arizona State University.
    Sustainable agrarian urbanism: The low-density cities of the Mayas and Aztecs2013In: Cities, ISSN 0264-2751, E-ISSN 1873-6084, Vol. 31, p. 132-143Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Maya and Aztec cities exhibited a distinctive kind of low-density urbanism common in ancient Mesoamerica. The non-monumental components of these cities differed from the high-density ancient and historical cities in the Old World that are often considered the norm for pre-modern urbanism. Distinctive features include the practice of intensive agricultural cultivation within urban settlements, residential zones that were dispersed and unplanned, and the arrangement of houses into spatial clusters that served as urban neighborhoods. The residential areas of Maya and Aztec cities resembled modern peri-urban zones and informal settlements. Because of the benefits of smallholder intensive urban agriculture, cities thrived for many centuries, and some were successful for millennia. On the basis of this longevity, we argue that these were sustainable cities, and their form and dynamics may hold lessons for understanding contemporary urbanization processes.

  • 36.
    Isendahl, Christian
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
    Ticona, Juan Marcelo
    Calla Maldonado, Sergio
    Cultivating the Yungas: Notes on Current Farming at Rasupampa and Tablas Monte2012In: The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics / [ed] Christian Isendahl, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012, 1, p. 229-259Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [es]

    En la corriente dominante de economía del desarrollo agrícola los términos agricultura“pre-industrial,” “indígena” y “tradicional” a menudo se utilizan como sinónimos intercambiablespara los sistemas agrarios considerados como algo estático. Sin embargo, lacreciente evidencia de la investigación arqueológica a escala global presenta un panoramaradicalmente diferente; éstas descripciones de los sistemas de producción de alimentos enel pasado sugieren una diversidad espacial y una variación temporal. Un ejemplo de elloes el paisaje agro-arqueológico que recientemente ha sido descubierto en Rasupampa,en la región de los Yungas del Departamento de Cochabamba, Bolivia. Inicialmente investigado,descrito y documentado por Walter Sánchez (2008), estos restos incluyen unavariedad con respecto a tenencia de la tierra, control de la erosión de la capa superior delsuelo y soluciones de gestión del agua que no han sido reportados en una configuraciónsimilar en otras partes de los Andes. Las investigaciones en curso exploran diferentesaspectos de este agro-sistema y la ecología histórica de los Yungas. Una parte importantede esta investigación es conocer las actuales prácticas agrícolas y sistemas agronómicos deconocimiento locales. Este trabajo resume las prácticas actuales de agricultores en Rasupampay las regiones circundantes, a partir de una serie de entrevistas con los agricultoresde la población de Tablas Monte.

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