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Doing Business As Name:University of Cincinnati Main Campus
  • Nicholas P Dunning
  • (513) 556-3636
  • David L Lentz
  • Sarah E Jackson
  • Kathryn Reese-Taylor
  • Eric Tepe
Award Date:06/07/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 226,489
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 226,489
  • FY 2021=$226,489
Start Date:09/01/2021
End Date:08/31/2025
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.075
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Land, Forest and Water Management in a Tropical Environment
Federal Award ID Number:2048440
DUNS ID:041064767
Parent DUNS ID:041064767
Program Officer:
  • John Yellen
  • (703) 292-8759

Awardee Location

Street:University Hall, Suite 530
Awardee Cong. District:01

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Cincinnati
Street:2600 Clifton Ave.
Cong. District:01

Abstract at Time of Award

This project will investigate the land and water management strategies that supported the development of complex society in a tropical environment. A primary theoretical question to be addressed in this study focuses on how the ancient inhabitants in the environmentally problematic region were able to sustain an urban population. A corollary to this question asks how agricultural intensification was achieved and how other essential resources, such as water and forest products, were managed. The research plan includes ecological assessments such as biomass and species diversity, as well as examination of the sustainability of various land use practices all of which will be useful for the management of the region which currently co-exists in an uneasy tension in competition for land and water. The project is tri-national, involving researchers and students from multiple countries and provides training for graduate students from each country. The archaeological site provides an ideal test case for examining the changing trajectories of human- environment interactions because it grew into one of the paramount cities and political-economic powers during the New World Classic period. The research will examine the hydraulic, agricultural, and forest management strategies that allowed the persistent occupation and growth in the face of changing environmental and political economic conditions. It will provide insights into the variability of adaptive strategies and the rise of social complexity. These issues will be addressed by an interdisciplinary research team that includes professionals and students with training in botany, paleoecology, geoarchaeology, remote sensing, GIS, and anthropological archaeology and will employ a unique combination of paleoenvironmental and archaeological methods. The acquisition of lidar imagery of the area will allow the team to select a variety of topographic settings, probable ancient agricultural fields, reservoirs, and residential areas for excavation and coring, thus providing data on resource management across the spectrum of environmental contexts and social strata. These analyses will include eDNA which offers novel insights into ancient land use and subsistence. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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