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Why Move Starchy Cereals? Stable isotope evidence for the spread of crops across Eurasia in prehistory

Author(s): Emma Lightfoot

Year: 2015

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The spread of agriculture in the Neolithic and Bronze Age is an important topic of archaeological research, with major implications for human societies across Eurasia. The Food Globalisation in Prehistory project (FOGLIP) has furthered our knowledge of the spread of crops across Eurasia in prehistory using a variety of archaeological methods including archaeobotany, genetics and stable isotope analysis. This presentation will focus on the contribution of stable isotope analysis to our understanding of this early episode of crop exchange, particularly the consumption of millet away from its domestication centre. By combining published literature with data generated by the FOGLIP project, I will contribute to our understanding of where, when and why crops were spread across Eurasia by early farmers.

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Why Move Starchy Cereals? Stable isotope evidence for the spread of crops across Eurasia in prehistory. Emma Lightfoot. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395870)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America