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Historical Archaeology of Lavras do Abade: An Environmental Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

  • Diogo M. CostaEmail author
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Abstract

The Lavras do Abade research is a historical archaeological study about a gold mining village in midwestern Brazil that was destroyed by an environmental conflict at the end of the nineteenth century. This article concerns the history and archaeology of Lavras do Abade and consists of a post-disciplinary intersection of documentary and material sources about the site. In addition, only this type of reconstruction of a long-term event permits the scientific analysis of all the possible causes and consequences of this ecological contention. In this way, historical archaeology can be used to transpose a simple narrow view of the reconstruction of the past and offer insights into understanding similar unrest and group conflict today and in the future.

Keywords

Environmental conflict Mining village Nineteenth century Brazil 

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Acknowledgments

I would like to thank PROPESP/UFPA and FADESP for their financial support of the publication of this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Program in AnthropologyFederal University of ParáBelémBrazil

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