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The Ancient Agroecology of Perry Mesa: Integrating Runoff, Nutrients, and Climate

Abstract Understanding agricultural land use requires the integration of natural factors, such as climate and nutrients, as well as human factors, such as agricultural intensification. Employing an agroecological framework, I use the Perry Mesa landscape, located in central Arizona, as a case study to explore the intersection of these factors to investigate prehistoric agriculture from A.D. 1275-1450. Ancient Perry Mesa farmers used a runoff agricultural strategy and constructed extensive alignments, or terraces, on gentle hillslopes to slow and capture nutrient rich surface runoff generated from intense rainfall. I investigate how the construction of agricultural terraces altered key parameters (water and nutrients) necessary for successful agricul... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Kruse-Peeples, Melissa (Author) / Spielmann, Katherine A. (Advisor) / Abbott, David R. (Committee member) / Hall, Sharon J. (Committee member) / Kintigh, Keith W. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Archaeology / Agriculture / Agroecology / Perry Mesa / Runoff / Soil Ecology / Southwest Archaeology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 269 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Anthropology 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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