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Early Agriculture in the Eastern Grand Canyon of Arizona, USA

Geoarchaeology - An International Journal

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Abstract

Abandoned fields in Colorado River alluvium in the eastern Grand Canyon show signs of primitive agriculture. Presence of maize pollen in association with buried soils near Comanche Creek suggests that farming began prior to 3130 yr B.P. Cotton pollen, identified in buried soils near Nankoweap Creek, dates to 1310 yr B.P., approximately 500 years earlier than previously reported anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. Farming spanned three millennia in this reach of the canyon. Entrenchment, starting approximately 700 yr B.P., making water diversion to fields infeasible, was likely responsible for field abandonment. ?? 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Early Agriculture in the Eastern Grand Canyon of Arizona, USA
Series title:
Geoarchaeology - An International Journal
Volume
15
Issue:
8
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geoarchaeology - An International Journal
First page:
783
Last page:
798
Number of Pages:
16