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Author Rostain, Stéphen.

Title Islands in the rainforest : landscape management in pre-Columbian Amazonia / Stéphen Rostain ; translation by Michelle Eliott
Published Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, Inc., [2012]
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Description 1 online resource
Series New frontiers in historical ecology ; vol. 4
New frontiers in historical ecology ; v. 4
Contents List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Introduction: "So Much Water!"; Chapter 1. Indigenous Agricultural Savoir Faire; Chapter 2. Humans and Environment: A Happy Marriage; Chapter 3. Terra Cognita: 10,000 Years of Human Impact; Chapter 4. A Natural Garden or a Domesticated Forest?; Chapter 5. "500 Years of Solitude"; Conclusion: "East of Eden"; Notes; Bibliography; Index; About the Author
Summary Stéphen Rostain's book is a culmination of 25 years of research on the extensive human modification of the wetlands environment of Guiana and how it reshapes our thinking of ancient settlement in lowland South America and other tropical zones. Rostain demonstrates that populations were capable of developing intensive raised-field agriculture, which supported significant human density, and construct causeways, habitation mounds, canals, and reservoirs to meet their needs. The work is comparative in every sense, drawing on ethnology, ethnohistory, ecology, and geography; contrasting island
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Subject Indians of South America -- Agriculture -- French Guiana.
Indians of South America -- Land tenure -- French Guiana
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- French Guiana
Raised field agriculture -- French Guiana -- History
Indians of South America -- Agriculture.
Indians of South America -- Land tenure.
Indigenous peoples -- Ecology.
Raised field agriculture.
French Guiana.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Eliott, Michelle
LC no. 2012026551
ISBN 1315425920