1st Edition

Methods in Historical Ecology Insights from Amazonia

Edited By Guillaume Odonne, Jean-François Molino Copyright 2021
    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    210 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book presents some of the most recent tools, methods and concepts in historical ecology. It introduces students and researchers to state-of-the-art techniques and showcases a wide array of methods dedicated to understanding the history of tropical landscapes. The chapters cover the detection and characterisation of archaeological features, living organisms as witnesses of past human activities, ethnoecological knowledge of ancient anthropogenic landscapes and societal impacts of historical ecology. Whilst mainly based on Amazonian experiences, the contributions aim to strengthen synergies between disciplines and to propose solutions that can be applied elsewhere in the field.


    Guillaume ODONNE and Jean-François MOLINO

    Part I – Detection and characterisation of archaeological features

    Chapter 1. Archaeology of invisible landscapes

    Stéphen ROSTAIN

    Chapter 2. Pedological perspective: concepts and facts

    Michel BROSSARD and Jeanne BRANCIER

    Chapter 3. Soil micromorphology

    Jeanne BRANCIER and Cécilia CAMMAS

    Chapter 4. Physicochemical analysis of Neotropical soils

    Jeanne BRANCIER, Amandine COURTE, Dominique TODISCO and Michel BROSSARD

    Chapter 5. Magnetic properties of soils

    François LÉVÊQUE

    Chapter 6. Geomagnetic survey

    François LÉVÊQUE

    Chapter 7. Pedestrian archaeological surveys in Neotropical rainforests

    Mickael MESTRE and Martijn VAN DEN BEL

    Chapter 8. Detecting ditched sites on LiDAR-generated Digital Elevation Models: from technical specifications to interpretation keys

    Mickaël MESTRE, Grégoire VINCENT, Caroline BEDEAU, Nina ANTONOFF, Olivier BRUNAUX, Pierre GAUTREAU and Matthieu NOUCHER

    Part II – Living organisms as witnesses of past human activities

    Chapter 9. Phytoliths: a tool for Neotropical historical ecology, with focus on bamboo-dominated forests

    Laurent BREMOND and Charly FAVIER

    Chapter 10. Anthracology in the tropics: how wood charcoals help us to better understand today ecosystems

    Stéphanie BODIN, Julie MORIN-RIVAT, Laurent BREMOND, Rita SCHEEL-YBERT, Christophe TARDY and Christophe VASCHALDE

    Chapter 11. Forest trees inventories

    Jean-François MOLINO, William BALÉE, Julien ENGEL, Claire MARTIN and Daniel SABATIER

    Chapter 12. Historical genomics

    Louise BROUSSEAU, Pauline GARNIER-GERE and Charles R. CLEMENT

    Chapter 13. Landscape-scale study of soil communities

    Nina GAZAL, Antoine BRIN, Sophie MANZI, Emeline HOUËL, Emmanuel LAPIED, Thibaud DECAËNS and Mélanie ROY

    Chapter 14. The multiple roles of soil animals in the interpretation of archaeological soils and sediments in lowland tropical South America

    Doyle McKEY, Delphine RENARD and Rumsaïs BLATRIX

    Part III – Ethnoecological knowledge on ancient anthropogenic landscapes

    Chapter 15. History and ethnohistory of ancient settlements

    Pierre GRENAND and Damien DAVY

    Chapter 16. Ethnoecology of landscape uses and interpretations

    Damien DAVY, Pierre GRENAND and Guillaume ODONNE

    Chapter 17. From single species to multiethnic ethnobotanical databases to understand past land use

    Guillaume ODONNE, Damien DAVY and Pierre GRENAND

    Chapter 18. Historical ecology as an instrument in defence of forest peoples: reflections from the Tapajós River, Brazil

    Bruna CIGARAN da ROCHA and Vinicius Eduardo HONORATO de OLIVEIRA

    Chapter 19. Applied historical ecology

    William BALÉE and Meredith DUDLEY

    Conclusion. Historical ecology: challenges and perspectives in a changing world

    Chelsey Geralda ARMSTRONG and André BRAGA JUNQUEIRA


    Guillaume Odonne is affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS) within the Laboratoire Ecologie, Evolution, Interactions des Systèmes Amazoniens (LEEISA) in Cayenne, French Guiana.

    Jean-François Molino is based at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in Montpellier, France. He is deputy director of the Joint Research Unit AMAP (botAnique et Modélisation de l'Architecture des Plantes et des végétations).