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by Alexander Herrera Wassilowsky
This original synthesis of an emerging field of study proposes a technological approach to the profound transformation of Andean landscapes through more than ten thousand years of human occupation. Millions of hectares of transformed landscapes, as well as the testimony of early European chroniclers, leave no doubt about indigenous skill at managing soils, water, and forests. The starting point of this study is not the past, but three decades of modern efforts in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru to put abandoned canals, terraces, fields, and reservoirs "back to work." As a result of these failed efforts, hundreds of rehabilitated hectares lie barren, while cement and concrete dams crack in the sun. This first evaluation of the original productive technologies of the Andes rethinks the relationship between development, archaeology, and Andean peoples, as well as the search for alternatives to dominant but unsustainable agri-business models. In Spanish.
Published by Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales-CLACSO (Buenos Aires), Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (Lima), and PUNKU-Centro de Investigación Andina, 2011. 183 pp. ISBN: 978-958-695-622-2.
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