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Human niche construction and population growth in pre-Columbian Amazonia

Arroyo-Kalin, M; (2018) Human niche construction and population growth in pre-Columbian Amazonia. Archaeology International , 20 pp. 122-136. 10.5334/ai.367. Green open access

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Abstract

The use of Niche Construction Theory in archaeological research demands that we establish empirically how human-constructed niches acted as legacies that shaped the selection pressures affecting past human populations. One potential approach is to examine whether human demography changed as a result of the continued use of landscapes enduringly transformed by past societies. This paper presents proxies for Amazonian population growth during the late Holocene and discusses their significance within the broader context of landscape legacies resulting from cumulative anthropic environmental alteration during pre-Columbian times.

Type: Article
Title: Human niche construction and population growth in pre-Columbian Amazonia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/ai.367
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.367
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Amazonian Archaeology, Human Niche Construction, Environmental Archaeology, Landscape Arcaheology, Paleodemography
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054433
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