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Linking Past and Present: A preliminary paleoethnobotanical study of Maya nutritional and medicinal plant use and sustainable cultivation in the Southern Maya Mountains, Belize

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Title: Linking Past and Present: A preliminary paleoethnobotanical study of Maya nutritional and medicinal plant use and sustainable cultivation in the Southern Maya Mountains, Belize
Authors: Abramiuk, Marc A.
Dunham, Peter S.
Cummings, Linda Scott
Yost, Chad
Pesek, Todd J.
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Abramiuk M A, Dunham P S, Cummings L S, Yost C, Pesek T J. 2011. Linking past and present: A preliminary paleoethnobotanical study of Maya nutritional and medicinal plant use and sustainable cultivation in the southern Maya Mountains, Belize. Ethnobotany Res Appl 9:257-273.
Abstract: Paleoethnobotanical analysis of anthropogenic soils sampled from archaeological features dating to the Classic Maya Period (A.D. 250-900) reveal diagnostic phytoliths that help the authors bring to light evidence of a novel sustainable agricultural strategy and a variety of nutritional and medicinal plants that were utilized by the Classic Maya of the Maya Mountains, Belize, Central America. Given the archaeological context of these phytoliths, the authors infer that the plants from which they were derived were exploited by the Classic Maya of the region. These discoveries have the potential for improving health and wellness regionally in the present since the agricultural strategy that is reconstructed demonstrates an intensive means of cultivation that has the potential of sustaining large, dense populations. The nutritional and medicinal plants alluded to, in turn, provide further evidence in support of the utilization of traditional knowledge in sustaining community health and wellness.
Description: research
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/21029
ISSN: 1547-3465
Appears in Collections:2011 - Volume 9 : Ethnobotany Research and Applications



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