Agricultural Intensification in the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin

Landesque capital as statecraft
  • Christopher T. Fisher
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 3)


Intensification of agricultural production figures prominently in theories for the origins of complexity, state building, and environmental change. Recent literature has focused on identifying exactly what intensification is, what causes people to increase inputs of labor, cultivation frequency, and productivity, and how intensification can be identified archaeologically (see Kirch 1994; Leach 1999; Morrison 1994, 1996, contribution in this volume). These treatments of intensification have important implications for the way that the concept has been used in Mesoamerica.


Soil Erosion Lake Level Lake Basin Land Degradation Agricultural Intensification 
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  • Christopher T. Fisher
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyColorado State UniversityFort Collins

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