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Urban Agriculture within the Valley of Oaxaca: Investigations and Implications of Agricultural Terracing at Monte Alban, Oaxaca

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2015
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The implementation of geographic information systems for the analysis of Late Classic (500-800 C.E.) terraces at Monte Alb(&)#225;n, reveals a spatial pattern not visible through prior pedestrian site surveys. The Valley of Oaxaca Settlement Pattern Project concluded that nearly all of the 1,464 Late Classic terraces at Monte Alb(&)#225;n were used for residential purposes. Spatial analysis tools reveal a greater human-ecological complexity. The goal of this study was to use ArcGIS to map the 1,273 terraces near Monte Alb(&)#225;n's ceremonial center and combine them with individually identifiable data sets. Analysis of each terrace, particularly based upon water availability, ceramic distribution, structural remains, and number of metates, reveals that 55.7% of these 1,273 terraces could have supported agricultural practices. The integration of agricultural space into a dense urban center reveals new spatial relationships between population density and urban agricultural practices, to which measures of resiliency and efficacy within similar modern systems can be applied.
Title: Urban Agriculture within the Valley of Oaxaca: Investigations and Implications of Agricultural Terracing at Monte Alban, Oaxaca.
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Name(s): Tricarico, Anthony, Author
Barber, Sarah, Committee Chair
Chase, Arlen, Committee Member
Walker, John, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The implementation of geographic information systems for the analysis of Late Classic (500-800 C.E.) terraces at Monte Alb(&)#225;n, reveals a spatial pattern not visible through prior pedestrian site surveys. The Valley of Oaxaca Settlement Pattern Project concluded that nearly all of the 1,464 Late Classic terraces at Monte Alb(&)#225;n were used for residential purposes. Spatial analysis tools reveal a greater human-ecological complexity. The goal of this study was to use ArcGIS to map the 1,273 terraces near Monte Alb(&)#225;n's ceremonial center and combine them with individually identifiable data sets. Analysis of each terrace, particularly based upon water availability, ceramic distribution, structural remains, and number of metates, reveals that 55.7% of these 1,273 terraces could have supported agricultural practices. The integration of agricultural space into a dense urban center reveals new spatial relationships between population density and urban agricultural practices, to which measures of resiliency and efficacy within similar modern systems can be applied.
Identifier: CFE0005728 (IID), ucf:50138 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Anthropology
Masters
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Subject(s): Agricultural Terracing -- Mesoamerica -- Oaxaxa -- Valley of Oaxaca -- Monte Alban -- Valley of Oaxaca Settlement Pattern Project
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005728
Restrictions on Access: campus 2018-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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