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Paleodiets and plant cultivation in the Southwestern Amazon during the Late Holocene (1,000 - 1,500 CE) from archaeobotanical isotopes and ceramic lipid analysis

Grant number: 22/05776-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2022
Effective date (End): July 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology - Prehistoric Archaeology
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Góes Neves
Grantee:Laura Pereira Furquim
Supervisor: Patrick Roberts
Host Institution: Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Max Planck Society, Jena, Germany  
Associated to the scholarship:18/26679-3 - Relationships and movements: an archeology of cropping and mobility patterns in Southwestern Amazon, from 1.000 A.D. to the present, BP.DR


The aim of this project is to conduct archaeological analyses of the paleodiet of human populations from the southwestern Amazon at the end of the pre-colonial period, between 1000-1600 A.D. We will seek to characterize the use of local plant and animal biodiversity, as well as the ways of cultivating corn on the eve of European colonization, in order to understand the impacts of this contact on the food culture and territoriality of these peoples. To this end, we will conduct lipid analyses on archaeological ceramics from the Teotônio (Rio Madeira) and Sol de Campinas do Acre (interfluve between the Purus and Madeira rivers) sites, and compare the values of stable isotopes of carbon 13 and nitrogen 15 of corn kernels in different archaeological and modern contexts. (AU)

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