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How the ancient Maya cultivated manioc

A large manioc field cultivated by the ancient Maya 1,400 years ago has been discovered, shedding new light on their agricultural system.

Evidence shows the manioc field — at least one-third the size of a football field — was harvested just days before the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano near San Salvador in roughly A.D. 600, said CU-Boulder anthropology Professor Payson Sheets, who is directing excavations at the ancient village of Ceren. The cultivated field of manioc was discovered adjacent to Ceren, which was buried under 17 feet of ash and is considered the best preserved ancient farming village in all of Latin America.

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