Kochtitzky_Bolivia Poster

Modern Lakes PoopĆ³ and Titicaca offer differing shore habitats; however, we can use these different modern environments to help understand ancient vegetative environments of the Bolivian Altiplano. During the summer of 2013, a team of American and Bolivian researchers from the Taraco Archaeological Project collected plant samples and GIS data to gain a better understanding of these lake basins in hopes of furthering the knowledge around past environments surrounding these lakes and how humans previously interacted with the landscape. This project uses collected GIS data to understand vegetation cover, kauchi, Poaceae, and Pennisetum clandestinum densities on the lakeshores near the towns of Rosapata, Toledo, Chiripa and San Jose. This study found that vegetation coverage, Pennisetum, and Poaceae densities are directly correlated with distance from lakeshore, while kauchi displays an inverse relationship with lakeshore distance.