The Department of Geography and the Environment continues its spring 2014 colloquium series with a presentation by Aleksander Borejsza, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, "The Human Ecology of the Barrancas of the Mixteca Alta."
The Mixteca Alta is known for its rich pre-Hispanic past and the current poverty and inhospitable appearance of its countryside. The deeply incised streams of the Mixteca, referred to as barrancas, are part of the latter stereotype. They are shunned by most villagers as places that are irrelevant to their current lifeways, and potentially dangerous. The stratigraphic and archaeological record of the past 15,000 years proves that they never flowed in wide unconfined valleys, but also suggests that past populations were singularly attracted to them, and devised means to overcome their ecological limitations.
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