The archaeology of land use and agrobiodiversity: recent work from western Asia and Europe
In this talk I survey recent bioarchaeological methods and case studies in the investigation of past land use and biodiversity. Recent work on early farming in western Asia and Europe is revealing its remarkably biodiversity, including a form of wheat (Timopheev’s wheat, Triticum timopheevii group) that has since largely disappeared.

As well as rediscovering such ‘lost crops’, bioarchaeology also offers means of characterising land use patterns over long time periods.

In this context I present recent work on the ‘Feeding Anglo-Saxon England’ ERC project in the School of Archaeology, which situates historic patterns of early medieval land use – including in Oxfordshire – in a longue durée pattern of expansive, low-input arable farming.
Date: 24 February 2022, 16:00 (Thursday, 6th week, Hilary 2022)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speaker: Professor Amy Bogaard (Head of School of Archaeology, Oxford)
Organising department: School of Geography and the Environment
Organiser: Carlyn Samuel (University of Oxford)
Part of: Biodiversity Network Coffee Seminar Series
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Audience: Public
Editor: Carlyn Samuel