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The Demeter project: eight millennia of agrobiodiversity changes in the northwest Mediterranean basin

Abstract : The development of agricultural societies is closely entangled with that of domestic animals and plants. Local and traditional domestic breeds and varieties are the result of millennia of selec- tion by farmers. DEMETER (2020-2025) is an international pro- ject which is aiming to characterize the changes in animal and plant agrobiodiversity (pigs, sheep, goats, and barley) in relation with environmental and socioeconomic factors in the northwes- tern Mediterranean basin since the beginnings of agriculture. The project is based on a combination of approaches including phe- nomics (through geometric morphometrics), databasing, zooar- chaeology, archaeobotany, climate modeling, paleoproteins (ZooMs) and statistical analyses. Several hundreds of archaeo- logical sites from the South of France and Catalonia will be stu- died, covering the maximum environmental, societal and cultural diversity of context over the course of the last eight millennia.
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Allowen Evin, Laurent Bouby, Jérôme Ros, Sarah Ivorra, María Saña, et al.. The Demeter project: eight millennia of agrobiodiversity changes in the northwest Mediterranean basin. Elisa Nicoud; Marie Balasse; Emmanuel Desclaux; Isabelle Théry-Parisot. Biodiversités, environnements et sociétés depuis la Préhistoire : nouveaux marqueurs et approches intégrées : Actes des 41èmes Rencontres Internationales d’Archéologie et d’Histoire – Nice Côte d’Azur, Éditions APDCA, pp.77-86, 2021, 2-904110-64-X. ⟨hal-03451253⟩

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