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The Marco Gonzalez Maya site, Ambergris Caye, Belize: assessing the impact of human activities by examining diachronic processes at the local scale

Graham, E; Macphail, R; Turner, S; Crowther, J; Stegemann, J; Arroyo-Kalin, M; Duncan, L; ... Austin, P; + view all (2017) The Marco Gonzalez Maya site, Ambergris Caye, Belize: assessing the impact of human activities by examining diachronic processes at the local scale. Quaternary International , 437 (Part B) pp. 115-142. 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.079. Green open access

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Abstract

Research at the Maya archaeological site of Marco Gonzalez on Ambergris Caye in Belize is socio-ecological because human activities have been a factor in the formation and fluctuation of the local marine and terrestrial environments over time. The site is one of many on Belize's coast and cayes that exhibit anomalous vegetation and dark-coloured soils. These soils, although sought for cultivation, are not typical 'Amazonian Dark Earths' but instead are distinctive to the weathering of carbonate-rich anthropogenic deposits. We tentatively term these location-specific soils as Maya Dark Earths. Our research seeks to quantify the role of human activities in long-term environmental change and to develop strategies, specifically Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), that can be applied to environmental impact modelling today.

Type: Article
Title: The Marco Gonzalez Maya site, Ambergris Caye, Belize: assessing the impact of human activities by examining diachronic processes at the local scale
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.079
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.079
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2015. This manuscript version is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0.
Keywords: Anthrosols, Maya, Belize, soil micromorphology, archaeobotany, plant communities
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493184
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