Poster #131: Ishmael Medina – Ancient Maize Agriculture in Utah’s 3 Physiographic Provinces

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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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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1136493@utah.edu

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