作者 Ford, Anabel, author
書名 The Maya Forest Garden : Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands / Anabel Ford and Ronald Nigh
出版項 Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, Inc., [2015]
國際標準書號 9781611329971 (hardback)
9781611329988 (paperback)
book jacket
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 傅斯年圖書館西文圖書區  F1435.3.A37 F699 2015    在架上    30530001220516
說明 260 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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系列 New frontiers in historical ecology ; Vol. 6
New frontiers in historical ecology ; v. 6
附註 "The conventional wisdom says that the devolution of Classic Maya civilization occurred because its population grew too large and dense to be supported by primitive neotropical farming methods, resulting in debilitating famines and internecine struggles. Using research on contemporary Maya farming techniques and important new archaeological research, Ford and Nigh refute this Malthusian explanation of events in ancient Central America and posit a radical alternative theory. The authors show that ancient Maya farmers developed ingenious, sustainable woodland techniques to cultivate numerous food plants (including the staple maize); examine both contemporary tropical farming techniques and the archaeological record (particularly regarding climate) to reach their conclusions; make the argument that these ancient techniques, still in use today, can support significant populations over long periods of time. "-- Provided by publisher
"The conventional wisdom says that the devolution of classic Maya civilization occurred because its population grew too large and dense to be supported by primitive neotropical farming methods, resulting in debilitating famines and internecine struggles. Using research on contemporary Maya farming techniques and important new archaeological research, Ford and Nigh refute this Malthusian explanation of events in ancient Central America and posit a radical alternative theory. The authors -show that ancient Maya farmers developed ingenious, sustainable woodland techniques to cultivate numerous food plants (including the staple maize); -examine both contemporary tropical farming techniques and the archaeological record (particularly regarding climate) to reach their conclusions; -make the argument that these ancient techniques, still in use today, can support significant populations over long periods of time"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-250) and index
Introduction. Prosperity across centuries -- Chapter 1. The Context of the Maya Forest -- Chapter 2. Dwelling in the Maya Forest :The high-performance milpa -- Chapter 3. Environmental Change and the Historical Ecology of the Maya Forest -- Chapter 4. Maya Land Use, the Milpa, and Population in the Late Classic Period -- Chapter 5. The Forested Landscape of the Maya -- Chapter 6. Maya Restoration Agriculture as Conservation for the Twenty-first Century -- Appendix A. Basket of Mesoamerican Cultivated Plants -- Appendix B. Favored Trees
主題 Mayas -- Agriculture
Indians of Mexico -- Agriculture
Indians of Central America -- Agriculture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General. bisacsh
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology. bisacsh
Alt Author Nigh, Ronald, author