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The Lost Woodlands of Ancient Nasca: A Case-study in Ecological and Cultural Collapse

David Beresford-Jones


This book presents an archaeological case of prehistoric human environmental impact: a study of ecological and cultural change from the arid south coast of Peru, beginning around 750 bc and culminating in a collapse during the Middle Horizon, around ad 900. Its focus is the lower Ica Valley — today depopulated and bereft of cultivation and yet with archaeological remains attesting to substantial prehistoric occupations — thereby presenting a prima facie case for changed environmental conditions. Previous archaeological interpretations of cultural changes in the region rely heavily on climatic ... More

Keywords: cultural change, Peru, Middle Horizon, lower Ica Valley, archaeological remains, prehistoric occupations, El Niño, long droughts, Prosopis pallida, huarango

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264768
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264768.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Beresford-Jones, author
Research Associate and Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge