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Paleoecological reconstruction of the environment at the Teotônio archaeological site

Grant number: 17/09718-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2017
Effective date (End): January 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences
Principal Investigator:Jennifer Watling
Grantee:Martin Torres Castro
Home Institution: Instituto de Geociências (IGC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The following research proposal aims to use palaeoecological methods (phytoliths and charcoal) in the surroundings of the archaeological site of Teotônio, located in the Upper Madeira region, southwest Amazonia. The aims are to contribute to the understanding of the environmental effects caused by climate changes during the Holocene, and the scale of landscape transformation affected by the pre-colonial populations who inhabited the site. In sum, some of the elements that are necessary to better understand interactions between pre-colonial societies and their environment in Amazonia. (AU)