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Origins and spread of agriculture in the south-western Mediterranean region

Objetivo

This project focuses on one of the most fascinating events of the long history of the human species: the origins and spread of agriculture. Research over the past 40 years has provided an invaluable dataset on crop domestication and the spread of agriculture into Europe. However, despite the enormous advances in research there are important areas that remain almost unexplored, some of immense interest. This is the case of the western Mediterranean region from where our knowledge is still limited (Iberian Peninsula) or almost inexistent (northern Morocco). The last few years have witnessed a considerable increase in archaeobotany and the effort of a group of Spanish researchers working together in different aspects of agriculture has started to produce the first results. My proposal will approach the study of the arrival of agriculture to the western Mediterranean by exploring different interrelated research areas. The project involves the
application of different techniques (analysis of charred plant remains, pollen and non-pollen microfossils, phytoliths, micro-wear analyses, isotopes, soil micromorphology, genetics, and ethnoarchaeology) which will help to define the emergence and spread of agriculture in the area, its likely place of origin, its main technological attributes as well as the range crop husbandry practices carried out. The interaction between the different approaches and the methodologies involved will allow achieving a greater understanding of the type of agriculture that characterized the first farming communities in the most south-western part of Europe.

Ámbito científico

  • /humanidades/historia y arqueología/arqueología/etnoarqueología
  • /ciencias naturales/ciencias biológicas/genética y herencia genética
  • /ciencias agrícolas/agricultura, silvicultura y pesca
  • /ciencias agrícolas/agricultura, silvicultura y pesca/agricultura
  • /humanidades/historia y arqueología/historia
  • /ciencias agrícolas/ciencias animales y lácteas

Convocatoria de propuestas

ERC-2008-AdG
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Régimen de financiación

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Institución de acogida

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Dirección
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
España
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Aportación de la UE
€ 1 221 782
Investigador principal
Maria Leonor Peña Chocarro (Dr.)
Contacto administrativo
Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)

Beneficiarios (6)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 1 221 782
Dirección
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Investigador principal
Maria Leonor Peña Chocarro (Dr.)
Contacto administrativo
Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 63 829
Dirección
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Alex Aguilar (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 148 958
Dirección
Placa Victor Siurana 1 1
25003 Lleida
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Maribel Palau (Ms.)
NIAB
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 22 800
Dirección
Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Sara Foote (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 22 800
Dirección
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Edna Murphy (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 65 000
Dirección
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Fernando Sedano Arnaez (Dr.)