Arising from the Bajos: The Evolution of a Neotropical Landscape and the Rise of Maya Civilization

  title={Arising from the Bajos: The Evolution of a Neotropical Landscape and the Rise of Maya Civilization},
  author={Nicholas P. Dunning and Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach and Timothy P. Beach and John Glendon Jones and Vernon L Scarborough and T. Patrick Culbert},
  journal={Annals of the Association of American Geographers},
  pages={267 - 283}
The conjunctive use of paleoecological and archaeological data to document past human-environment relationships has become a theoretical imperative in the study of ancient cultures. Geographers are playing leading roles in this scholarly effort. Synthesizing both types of data, we argue that large karst depressions known as bajos in the Maya Lowlands region were anthropogenically transformed from perennial wetlands and shallow lakes to seasonal swamps between 400 bc and ad 250. This… 
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