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The Lost Woodlands of Ancient NascaA Case-study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse$
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David Beresford-Jones

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264768

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264768.001.0001

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Tracing Landscape Change: The Geomorphological Record

Tracing Landscape Change: The Geomorphological Record

(p.61) 4. Tracing Landscape Change: The Geomorphological Record
The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca

David Beresford-Jones

British Academy

This chapter sets out the geomorphological history of the basins of the lower Ica Valley — those processes of erosion and deposition which have formed and destroyed their archaeological record, and indeed given rise to today's landscape there. It reviews the results and interpretations of the geomorphological survey, which included: the definition of the basic geomorphic units across the lower Ica Valley; investigating the character of the relict river terraces of H-13 and G-8/9, which underlie most of their archaeology; understanding the extent of landscape and ecological change across the Samaca and Ullujaya basins, as revealed by buried ancient land surfaces; and evaluating those contexts from which archaeological and archaeobotanical data were extracted and subsequently analysed.

Keywords:   Ica Valley, geomorphological history, erosion, deposition, archaeology, Samaca, Ullujaya

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