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I'll quote something that might interest you considering Emilias techniques:
"... in the same ancient period[12 000 years ago ?], somebody as yet
unidentified by scholarship went to great lengths to build raised fields on the
newly exposed lands that had so recently been under the waters of the lake - a
procedure which created characteristic corrugated strips of alternately high and
low ground. It was not until the 1960s that the original function of these
undulating patterns of earthen platforms and shallow canals was correctly worked
out. Still visible today, and known as waru waaru by the local Indians [close to
Titicaca lake], they proved to be part of a complex agricultural design,
perfected in prehistoric times, which had the ability "to out-perform modern
In recent years some of the raised fields were reconstructed by archaeologists
and agronomists. These experimental plots consistently yielded three times more
potatoes than even the most productive conventional plots. Likewise, during one
particularly cold spell, a severe frost 'did little damage to the experimental
fields'. The following year the crops on the elevated platforms survived an
equally ruinous drought:'then later rode high and dry through a flood that
swamped surrounding farmlands'. Indeed this simple but effective agricultural
technique, invented by a culture so ancient that no one today could even
remember its name, had proved such a success in rural Bolivia that it had
attracted the attention of governmental and international development agencies
and was now under test in several other parts of the world as well."
>From "Fingerprints of the GodsA Quest for the Beginning and the End"
Graham Hancock, 1995
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- On 3 Aug 02, Xavier Dequaire wrote:
> Still visible today, and known as waru waaru by the local IndiansYou pricked my curiosity Xavier, there is more information at:
> [close to Titicaca lake], they proved to be part of a complex
> agricultural design, perfected in prehistoric times, which had the
> ability "to out-perform modern farming techniques".