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Sustainability of Agriculture in Neolithic Europe

Project description

Shedding new light on early agricultural societies

The focus of traditional archaeological studies is usually on how societies and livelihoods evolved, not how they persisted over time. The EU-funded SUSTAIN project will shed light on how Neolithic societies in Europe (which resettled in new locations) interacted with the environment in respect to the life cycle of animals and plants. The project will draw on theories from anthropology, biogeography, bioarchaeology and complexity science. It will apply correlative species distribution models (SDMs) to investigate the relationship of domesticates' past range expansions and climate. By deriving past agropastoral practices from isotope signals in animal and plant remains, it will assess parameters of crop and livestock productivity comparing agropastoral achievement across time and space. The project will also investigate how and why the fragmentation of relationships forced expansion into new areas.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-COG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 114 646

Beneficiaries (4)

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 114 646
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 177 250
Address
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 439 826
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 268 090
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments