anthropogen

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature

Article: Glimpsing prehistory in today’s Amazon rainforest

Here’s a snippet from a recent article in Popular Archaeology exploring the contemporary plight of Amazonian peoples and going further to pose the question: “how does the knowledge of the […]

Scientists laser-scan Amazon for evidence of ancient civilizations…

This recent article from the BBC discusses a project that uses drones to laser-scan the amazon to detect anthropogenic landforms / earthworks, evidence of ancient civilizations in the Amazon – the most expansive wilderness […]

Is Amazonian tree biodiversity / species distribution a product of past landscape domestication?

News of recent studies has revealed that an estimated 390 billion trees are growing in Amazonia today, consisting of an approximate 16,000 species. 227 of these species are termed “hyperdominant”, […]

Judean date palm seed has a 2,000+ year viability

I saw a recent article on the revival of the once extinct Judean date palm (an ancient Phoenix dactylifera cultivar) discussing how, in the 1960’s, a clay jar containing 2,000 […]

More on the 10,400 year history of human habitation in the Bolivian Amazon

Here’s a follow-up article (below) related to the one I just posted on the dating old forest islands in the Moxos region of the Bolivian Amazon — From NBC News […]

Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Cacao in Mesoamerica

Here’s a recent, relatively brief but interesting and thorough article on the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Chocolate in Mesoamerica. For a more in-depth read on the subject, I’ll recommend […]

Plants you aren’t growing, but should be: Capsicum pubescens, Rocoto

Capsicum pubescens, commonly known as Rocoto, is the least widespread and oldest cultivated species of all domesticated peppers; it has been grown for 5,000+ years. All pepper species are native […]