Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News & Views
  • Published:


Rice cultivation in ancient Amazonia

Emerging research suggests ancient Amazonians employed a range of cultivation practices to develop diversified diets, rich in both wild and domesticated plant and animal resources. Southwestern Amazonia is now understood as a major centre of plant domestication.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Fig. 1: Location of the Monte Castelo site in the state of Rondônia, Brazil, in the context of postulated centres of domestication (D1–D4) for South America.


  1. Oliver, J. R. in Handbook of South American Archaeology (eds Silverman, H. & Isbell, W.) 185–215 (Springer, New York, 2008).

  2. Clement, C. R. et al. Proc. R. Soc. B 282, 20150813 (2015). 

  3. Hilbert, L. et al. Nat. Ecol. Evol. (2017).

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  4. Piperno, D. Curr. Anthropol. 52, S453–S470 (2011).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Iriarte, J. Curr. Anthropol. 50, 677–680 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Balée, W. Cultural Forests of the Amazon (Univ. Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2013).

  7. Shepard, G. H. Jr & Ramirez, H. Econ. Bot. 65, 44–65 (2011).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Anna T. Browne Ribeiro.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The author declares no competing financial interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Browne Ribeiro, A.T. Rice cultivation in ancient Amazonia. Nat Ecol Evol 1, 1598–1599 (2017).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing Anthropocene

Sign up for the Nature Briefing: Anthropocene newsletter — what matters in anthropocene research, free to your inbox weekly.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing: Anthropocene