Diversification, Intensification and Specialization: Changing Land Use in Western Africa from 1800 BC to AD 1500

  title={Diversification, Intensification and Specialization: Changing Land Use in Western Africa from 1800 BC to AD 1500},
  author={Andrea Kay and Dorian Q. Fuller and Katharina Neumann and Barbara Eichhorn and Alexa H{\"o}hn and Julie Morin-Rivat and Louis Champion and Veerle Linseele and Eric Huysecom and Sylvain Ozainne and Laurent Lespez and Stefano Biagetti and Marco Madella and Ulrich Salzmann and Jed O. Kaplan},
  journal={Journal of World Prehistory},
Many societal and environmental changes occurred between the 2nd millennium BC and the middle of the 2nd millennium AD in western Africa. Key amongst these were changes in land use due to the spread and development of agricultural strategies, which may have had widespread consequences for the climate, hydrology, biodiversity, and ecosystem services of the region. Quantification of these land-use influences and potential feedbacks between human and natural systems is controversial, however, in… 
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