Holocene vegetation change in the northern Peten and its implications for Maya Prehistory

@article{Wahl2006HoloceneVC,
  title={Holocene vegetation change in the northern Peten and its implications for Maya Prehistory},
  author={David Wahl and Roger A. Byrne and Thomas Schreiner and Richard D. Hansen},
  journal={Quaternary Research},
  year={2006},
  volume={65},
  pages={380 - 389}
}
Abstract An ∼8400 cal yr record of vegetation change from the northern Peten, Guatemala, provides new insights into the environmental history of the archaeological area known as the Mirador Basin. Pollen, loss on ignition, and magnetic susceptibility analyses indicate warm and humid conditions in the early to mid-Holocene. Evidence for a decrease in forest cover around 4600 cal yr B.P. coincides with the first appearance of Zea mays pollen, suggesting that human activity was responsible. The… Expand
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