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Microbotanical analyzes in mound sites of the Bolivian Amazon

Grant number: 20/02485-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2020
Effective date (End): July 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology - Prehistoric Archaeology
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Góes Neves
Grantee:Lautaro Maximilian Hilbert
Host Institution: Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/07794-9 - Human-environment relationships in Pre-Columbian Amazonia, AP.TEM


This project will apply analyzes of microbotanic traces (phytoliths and starch grains) within the Bolivian archaeological sites included in the PIMA project. Such sites consist of lomas, artificial mounds that have been built and occupied by indigenous populations since the early holocene. Better understanding the chronological and archaeological variability of the lomas is a fundamental part of the PIMA project, as well as identifying the diachronic variability of food production systems related to the emergence, and eventual abandonment, of such sites. In the case of this post-doc, this variability will be considered through the traces of plants present in sediments and artifacts from the lomas, together with soils from off-site contexts that could contribute to understanding the spatiality of cultivation practices around the sites. (AU)

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