Water and War at Pyreneus Mountains: Historical Eco-Archaeology of Lavras do Abade

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LAP, 2011 - 192 pages
The Lavras do Abade research is a multiple perspective archaeological study about the environmental impacts of a gold mining village in Mid-Western Brazil that was destroyed by neighboring villages at the end of the nineteenth century. According to local narratives, the conflict was the consequence of a dispute about the control and use of natural resources, such as water. However, this investigation reveals that the conflict was caused also by economic and political disputes between the villages in the region. In this work, each stage of investigation is presented in separate chapters. Research was conducted to validate hypotheses and to combine different approaches to each element that compounds this mosaic of information. The result of this work is a combination of various complementary investigations into the same object, and is a theoretical and methodological referential that establishes the Lavras do Abade case study as an original bridge to understanding many "Water Wars" in the modern world today.

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Diogo M. Costa is associate professor of Graduate Program in Anthropology, at Federal University of Pará and leader of the Group of Amazonian Historical Archaeology  - GAHiA. He have bachelor's degree in history (FAPA 2001), master's degree in cultural resource management (PUCGO 2003), PhD in anthropology (UF 2010), and post-doctorate in archaeology (UFMG 2012). He participated in more than thirty different archaeological projects in more than fifteen archaeological institutions, and his main focus being on historical archaeology, digital archaeology and environmental archaeology. He is also the creator and administrator of the site http://arqueologiadigital.com

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