Innovations in Agriculture

WHS connected to innovations in the development of agricultural techniques. Excluding Irrigation and Terracing which have their own Connections.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Caves of Yagul and Mitla "Considered to be the earliest known evidence of domesticated plants in the continent, while corn cob fragments from the same cave are said to be the earliest documented evidence for the domestication of maize." (UNESCO)
Colonies of Benevolence In a certain sense, the Colonies were an "agricultural testing ground". Scientifically substantiated methods were to ensure increased productivity in areas with intrinsically infertile soil and not very productive farmers (...). All practical experiments were systematically registered and documented. (...) A "best practice" culture was created: successful methods from other regions (with different soil or climatic conditions) and new theoretical insights were introduced through systematic practice tests. (Nomination file, p. 92)
Kuk "It contains well-preserved archaeological remains demonstrating the technological leap which transformed plant exploitation to agriculture around 6,500 years ago. It is an excellent example of transformation of agricultural practices over time, from cultivation mounds to draining the wetlands through the digging of ditches with wooden tools. Kuk is one of the few places in the world where archaeological evidence suggests independent agricultural development and changes in agricultural practice over such a long period of time." (UNESCO)
Mexico City and Xochimilco "However, their (Aztecs) greatest agricultural technique was the Chinampas, or artificial islands, also known as "floating gardens". These were used to make the swampy areas around the lake suitable for farming" (Wiki)
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras The principal differences between the Philippines terraces and those elsewhere are their higher altitude and the steeper slopes. The high-altitude cultivation is based on the use of a special strain of rice (AB ev)
Singapore Botanic Gardens the 1890s invention of the herring-bone method of tapping on Rubber Tree


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