Early Holocene aridity and the first farmers of Europe


The spread of agriculture into Europe from its Near Eastern heartland was an important cultural event, the causes of which have been debated for many decades. DNA analyses are increasingly providing insights into the genetic inheritance of Europe's first farmers, yet the triggers for their initial migration remain elusive. The earliest agricultural sites in Europe appear to be those situated in coastal Greece, while more fertile inland areas, such as the Thracian Plain, were settled centuries to millennia later. In this presentation we interrogate the paleoenvironmental record from Thrace to elucidate the environmental factors that may have affected the timing and distribution of the earliest European agricultural settlements.

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Early Holocene aridity and the first farmers of Europe. Simon Connor, Shawn Ross, Adela Sobotkova, Ilia Iliev. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394961)


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