Seth Price will speak at the Environmental Dynamics Lecture Series on his recent research in Peru on February 1


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Seth Price

Seth Price is a PhD candidate in interdisciplinarity Environmental Dynamics Program, recipient of a distinguished doctoral fellowship and teaching assistant position in sustainability. He has just returned from Peru, where he was doing research for a thesis funded by a Sturgis International Scholarship and one Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research.

The ENDY Lecture Series will host Seth Price at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 1, in Gearhart Hall 017. His lecture is titled Echoes of Yesterday or Symptoms of Today: Raised Field Cultivation on the Northern Coast of Peru. This conference will be hybrid with face-to-face and virtual options available. Click here to join the meeting.

This research investigates the relationship between sustainable agricultural intensification, settlement dynamics, and anthropogenic landscapes in the Casma Valley on the northern coast of Peru. The main objective is to assess why the Late Chimu societies (AC 1300-1470) of the Casma Valley converted 700 hectares of land into raised agricultural field systems, to understand the cultural processes that were essential to the exploitation of the fields and determine how this information can contribute to modern evolution. Sustainable development. Diverse but detailed data on soil composition are used to separate soil conditions that represent ancient human activity from those affected by modern processes, isolating soil properties that may have persisted since antiquity. This spectrum from past to present is explored to examine modern anthropogenic soils and the long-term impacts of raised-field cultivation. The integration of multi-sensor geophysical methods used here has the potential to advance remote sensing approaches, and a new low-cost thermal photogrammetry methodology is used to assess soil moisture content and drainage system functioning of soils. fields. A discussion of the Sturgis International Scholarship is included.

His MA was conferred in Anthropology at the University of Alberta and his BA was conferred in Anthropology at Grand Valley State University.

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