Testing the waters: a spatial analysis of an engineered water management system at Angamuco, Michoacán, Mexico
The prehistoric Purépecha site of Angamuco is located on the eastern edge of the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin in Michoacán, Mexico, the geopolitical core of the Late Postclassic Purépecha Empire. The site is situated on an ancient volcanic lava flow known as a malpais with no nearby sources of perennial surface water to support the large population present. The region's climate is marked by a wet and dry cycle, wherein 80% of the precipitation received by the basin falls between the months of May through August. This thesis attempts to delineate the natural hydrology of the landscape at Angamuco and to ...
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