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Ancient grid gardens of SWest

 
Morgan Morrigan
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They are doing this style open garden in Israel right now, but don't know if the natives did this for water trapping, holding mulches, or crop rotation in the day.

http://www.nmia.com/~jaybird/AANewsletter/Grid%20Garden%20text%20page#anchor3741826

also a great story about the old "hanging canals", that captured water off the lonesome mesa tops further north.
original swale sculpting

http://www.tinaja.com/tinsamp1.shtml
 
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and here are some more studies on ancient SW stuff, for dry farming


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture_in_the_prehistoric_Southwest

village.anth.wsu.edu/sites/village.anth.wsu.edu/files/publications/Benson%20JAM&T%20maize%20productivity%20SW%20part%201.pdf

www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_rm/rm_gtr272/rm_gtr272_181_188.pdf

www.azarchsoc.org/Resources/Documents/CERT%20Prehistory%20of%20the%20Southwest.pdf

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=d861bfe3-935f-416b-bb6c-26c8f1423536%40sessionmgr4&vid=1&hid=15

sand and gravel mulches
http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/quate_1142-2904_1998_num_9_1_2107

http://archive.org/details/drylandfarmingin00cott


and a contemporary Hopi farmer

http://www.mnn.com/local-reports/arizona/local-blog/a-contemporary-hopi-farmer-shares-insight-on-floodplain-farming#jump_to_comment

 
Morgan Morrigan
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and they may have been here much ealier than previously thought.

i like this, it reinforces the theory i heard a few years ago, that the Hopi peoples creation theory was actually a true story.

that they really had emerged from the sipapu in the Grand Canyon, as that was the extent of the glacier cover, after they had come across the land bridge, and down the coast.

the Colorado river was a clear path and they walked out of the open plain of the mohave, and to the edge of the Colorado Plateau.

http://archaeologynewfinds.blogspot.com/
 
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