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Open for Competition: Domesticates, Parasitic Domesticoids and the Agricultural Niche

Fuller, D; Stevens, C; (2017) Open for Competition: Domesticates, Parasitic Domesticoids and the Agricultural Niche. Archaeology International , 20 pp. 110-121. 10.5334/ai.359. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship of weeds and crop parasites within the domestication of crop-plants within the Old World, drawing predominately on China and the Near East. This relationship is explored using the concept of niche construction in which the act of cultivation sets about chains of feedback in which the ecological worlds of plants and humans became increasingly intertwined resulting in ever increasing spheres of interdependence. Into this domestication entanglement a number of peripheral organisms (termed parasitic domesticoids) were drawn, from the weeds which came to inhabit and arable fields, to the insect pests and rodents that came to settle with the grain stores of the first farmers. The evolution and spread of these organsisms is then outlined against that of the crop itself.

Type: Article
Title: Open for Competition: Domesticates, Parasitic Domesticoids and the Agricultural Niche
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/ai.359
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.359
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: Domestication, parasites, weeds, ecology, entanglements, niche construction
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044478
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