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.
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Funding SchemeERC-COG - Consolidator Grant
WC1E 6BT London