Faculty mentor: Brian Codding
Maize (zea mays) was one of the most widespread and oldest domesticated plants in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans (Huanca-Mamani et al., 2015). Despite its widespread distribution, explaining how and why maize farming spread remains a central research question in archaeology. I examine the spread of maize across Utah’s Intermountain Plateaus region where each province is characterized by different geologic formations and environments, which should impact how well maize grows.
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