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Investigating the Ecology, Composition and Exploitability of Wild Cereal Habitats in Relation to Agricultural Origins in the Near East

Project description

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.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire