Fire and Archaeology

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Fire-maintained oak savannas on silt-loam soils essentially disappeared from midwestern North America soon after European settlement because of fire suppression and agriculture. As a result, there are no precise models for restoring this vegetation and...

Person: Bowles, McBride
Year: 1998
Type: Document

The myth persists that in 1492 the Americas were a sparsely populated wilderness, 'a world of barely perceptible human disturbance.' There is substantial evidence, however, that the Native American landscape of the early sixteenth century was...

Person: Denevan
Year: 1992
Type: Document

Evidence for early agriculture can be obtained from pollen profiles indicating forest clearance1. The practice of cultivation is widely believed to have been introduced into the interlacustrine region of central Africa by Bantu-speaking iron-workers2,...

Person: Hamilton, Taylor, Vogel
Year: 1986
Type: Document