MuCA hosts a lecture on Terra Preta, a precious resource abundant in the Amazon

MuCA hosted the visit of the archaeologist Edvaldo Pereira for a lecture aimed at students and professors, marking the beginning of a work and research plan on Terra Preta by the museum. Terra Preta is an abundant natural resource in the Amazon, characterized by being a very fertile soil and concentrated in organic matter.

Several peoples and ethnic groups benefit from this resource, from ancient times to the present day. Recent archaeological research has found records of a very ancient civilization, dating back to 2,000 years BC, in the Bolivarian Amazon region. From them, we inherited the greatest current legacy on the planet: with the agricultural techniques developed by this civilization, the Amazon became increasingly biodiverse, reaching the level of the largest tropical forest in the world. Although not many details are known about this society, the study of their ways of life teaches us a lot about sustainable environmental management, which kept the forest standing and productive for 4 thousand years!

Ongoing studies are essential to understand ancestral agricultural techniques that respect nature, ensuring abundance and the preservation of the largest genetic bank on the planet: the Amazon. With the initiative in this new field of work, MuCA contributes to the preservation of nature, the ancestry of the Amazonian peoples and also the resources that the forest offers.