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From traditional farming in Morocco to early urban agroecology in northern Mesopotamia: combining present-day arable weed surveys and crop isotope analysis to reconstruct past agrosystems in (semi-)arid regions

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We integrate functional weed ecology with crop stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis to assess their combined potential for inferring arable land management practices in (semi-)arid regions from archaeobotanical assemblages. Weed and GIS survey of 60 cereal and pulse fields in Morocco are combined with crop sampling for stable isotope analysis to frame assessment of agricultural labour intensity in terms of manuring, irrigation, tillage and hand-weeding. Under low management intensity w...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1080/14614103.2016.1261217

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Oxford, SSD, School of Archaeology, Archaeology Institute
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Taylor & Francis Publisher's website
Journal:
Environmental Archaeology Journal website
Volume:
23
Issue:
4
Pages:
303-322
Publication date:
2016-12-21
Acceptance date:
2016-11-03
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EISSN:
1749-6314
ISSN:
1461-4103
Pubs id:
pubs:657573
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uri:477dd835-ab9b-4b38-9ac0-72f22fda4886
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uuid:477dd835-ab9b-4b38-9ac0-72f22fda4886
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pubs:657573

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