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Out of asia

Jones, G; Buck, C; Charles, M; Higham, T; Colledge, S; (2007) Out of asia. Planet Earth (WINTER) pp. 22-23.

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Abstract

A project that focused on providing approximate dates for the arrival of cereals in five geographic regions that include Balkans, south-central Europe, central Europe, northwest Europe, and Iberia has been provided. The first dating indicates that cereal cultivation spread rapidly along the Mediterranean coast to Italy and into Iberia and was established by about 7750 before present (BP). However, it seems that agriculture arrived in Balkans around 7950 BP and then halted for approximately 800 years before spreading rapidly to Europe. The movement follows two major routes: along the Mediterranean coast and through the interior of Europe. The events surrounding the spread of domesticated crops involved a complex set of interconnected changes in lifestyle but in all cases ended with land coming under the plough. The next project will focus on dating cereal grains from as many sites as possible to provide a better coverage of sites across Europe.

Type: Article
Title: Out of asia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10028420
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