Today we visited various sites around Bel-Terra, such as Bom Futuro. We met with Senõr Feliciano who was jolly as always.
We also visited the town of Bel-Terra which is the home town of Marcio. The town of Bel-Terra has a strong American influence in mainly in its buildings. In the 1940:s the Ford company tried to start a agricultural project in Bel-Terra to support the USA then involved in the second world war. The project didnt go down to well, but the American presence in the town left a lasting impact still visable today. In Bel-Terra we also visited the home of Marcios parents, and before we left the town we also visited a terra preta site that had a lot of ceramic material on the surface. This particular terra preta sight had a very good view overlooking the Tapajos river.
Once again it became obvious how much ceramic material is still out there when we walked through the sites, especially in Belterra were we literary could just bend down and look around a bit and find handfuls of ceramic shards from the pre-colombian times. It is a very big change from Sweden. It is very good for us to be here, both so we get to see the material as it is in the field and not only in the museums collections but also because we get a sense of the context the material belongs to. Seeing the depressions that contained their water, experiencing the weather and walking in the jungle were they walked gives a deeper understanding and triggers a lot of thought about the material.
All the pictures are in chronological order from today!
/ Kjell, Patrik & Liv