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Seasonality and Ecosystem Response in Prehistoric Agricultural Regions of Central Arizona

Abstract This thesis explores the independent effects of the manipulation of rocks into alignments, prehistoric farming, and season on soil properties in two areas with a history of prehistoric agriculture in central Arizona, Pueblo la Plata within the Agua Fria National Monument (AFNM), and an archaeological site north of the Phoenix basin along Cave Creek (CC). Soil properties, annual herbaceous biomass and the physical properties of alignments and surface soils were measured and compared across the landscape, specifically on: 1) agricultural rock alignments that were near the archaeological site 2) geologically formed rock alignments that were located 0.5-1 km away from settlements; and 3) areas both near and far from settlements where rock align... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Trujillo, Jolene E. (Author) / Hall, Sharon J (Advisor) / Collins, Scott L (Committee member) / Spielmann, Katherine A (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ecology / Soil Sciences / Biology / Agua Fria National Monument (AFNM) / Arizona / Cave Creek / potential nitrogen mineralization / prehistoric agriculture / semi-arid region
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 55 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Biology 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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