Topic ID #38652 - posted 8/27/2017 2:15 PM

Sophisticated farming techniques found at 700 year-old Tanzanian site


Researchers at the University of York working on a 700 year-old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefited farming practices for some 500 years. The study, published in Quaternary Research, shows that historical practices of capturing soils that were eroded from the hillside could be valuable to modern day farming techniques.

Research demonstrated that sophisticated irrigation systems and terraces at the site of Engaruka were not built to prevent soil erosion, as originally thought, but were instead built to capture eroded sediments to feed the arid landscape below.


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