Farming Systems and Political Growth in Ancient Oaxaca: Physiographic features and water-control techniques contributed to the rise of Zapotec Indian civilization.

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The Valley of Oaxaca's large flat floor, high water table, low erosion rate, and frost-free floodplain give it a higher agricultural potential than that of most surrounding areas. The development of the pot-irrigation system early in the Formative period gave it a head start over other valleys, where the low water table did not permit such farming; Oaxaca… (More)

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@article{Flannery1967FarmingSA, title={Farming Systems and Political Growth in Ancient Oaxaca: Physiographic features and water-control techniques contributed to the rise of Zapotec Indian civilization.}, author={Kent V Flannery and A V Kirkby and Mike Kirkby and Addison Wesley Williams}, journal={Science}, year={1967}, volume={158 3800}, pages={445-54} }