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The Early Peopling of Amazonia and the Beginning of Plant Domestication

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Project "EPP-Am" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLACA DE LA MERCE, 10-12
postcode: 8002

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 170˙121 €
 EC max contribution 170˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA ES (BARCELONA) coordinator 170˙121.00


 Project objective

This project investigates two relevant, inter-related and multi-disciplinary topics in the prehistory of the Neotropic: 1) the social-ecological dynamics of earliest people of SW Amazonia and 2) the role these early Holocene populations played in the domestication of Neotropical plants. Genetic studies suggest that SW Amazonia, and in particular the Llanos de Moxos in Bolivia, is a region where important Amazonian crops were domesticated, including manioc, peanut, peach palm, jack bean and two varieties of chili pepper. However, genetic evidence has not been substantiated by archaeology as yet, due to the virtual absence of early sites in the region. The applicant’s recent discovery of early Holocene shell-middens in the area and the application of state-of-the-art multi-proxy techniques offer a unique opportunity to provide archaeological evidence for plant exploitation trajectories. Six early sites, and their local environments, are going to be studied for the first time through a focus on socio-ecological interactions and plant management strategies. The proposal is a fundamental step in the applicant’s career as he will be able to dramatically improve his technical skills in several archaeological techniques (phytoliths, starch, micromorphology, shell middens excavation). The research will also enhance the candidate's capabilities to integrate palaeoecological and archaeological evidence, a decisive move to promote his scientific leadership and career development.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Umberto Lombardo
River logjams cause frequent large-scale forest die-off events in southwestern Amazonia
published pages: 565-575, ISSN: 2190-4987, DOI: 10.5194/esd-8-565-2017
Earth System Dynamics 8/3 2019-06-13
2018 Umberto Lombardo, Leonor Rodrigues, Heinz Veit
Alluvial plain dynamics and human occupation in SW Amazonia during the Holocene: A paleosol-based reconstruction
published pages: 30-41, ISSN: 0277-3791, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.11.026
Quaternary Science Reviews 180 2019-05-13
2018 Rumsaïs Blatrix, Bruno Roux, Philippe Béarez, Gabriela Prestes-Carneiro, Marcelo Amaya, Jose Luis Aramayo, Leonor Rodrigues, Umberto Lombardo, Jose Iriarte, Jonas Gregorio de Souza, Mark Robinson, Cyril Bernard, Marc Pouilly, Mélisse Durécu, Carl F. Huchzermeyer, Mashuta Kalebe, Alex Ovando, Doyle McKey
The unique functioning of a pre-Columbian Amazonian floodplain fishery
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24454-4
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-05-13

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