The Legacies on the Landscape project is a collaborative effort by archaeologists and ecologists at Arizona State University to investigate the legacy of prehistoric human land use on the mesas of Agua Fria National Monument north of the Phoenix Basin.

This desert grassland and riparian ecosystem experienced an intense pulse of prehistoric occupation during the 13th and 14th centuries. These populations practiced small scale rainfed agriculture which transformed the environment in sublte but enduring ways.

We are working to reconstruct key ecological and archaeological features of the landscape before, during, and after the indigenous occupation of the landscape.

 

 

Legacies on the Landscape in the news!!!

Want to learn more?

Watch the KAET-TV Research Review segment or read articles that have appeared in Audubon Magazine and ASU Research Stories.

 

 

 

 

 

   

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