Sustainable agricultural strategies in Neolithic societies
The archaeological findings of wild cereal and non-cereal grasses’ seeds in Neolithic sites raises questions concerning the dawn of cultivation activities. The analysis of the association between arable weeds and unmanaged wild cereal habitats is crucial. It is important to know whether 'weed seeds' were incorporated into harvest in early agricultural societies. The EU-funded NICHE project aims to trace the origins of wild cereals and the development of sustainable strategies in agriculture in early Neolithic societies. The task joins examinations on the taxonomic structure, isotopic signature, economic exploitability and role in ecosystem of wild grain habitats in the Near East.