Session: #21

Theme & Session Format

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Domesticating Time: Temporal Changes in Animals and Plants during the Holocene
Investigation of the effects of domestication in the Southwestern Asian to European trajectory of Neolithization and subsequent periods so far has focused on morphological aspects. Besides coat colour and texture or body size and shape in animals as well as rachis structure or grain size and shape in plants, however, there have also been changes in biological rhythms. Such temporal changes with domestication have so far received only spotlight research. Did animal birthing seasons and birth spacing change with domestication? Did spread into different climates affect animal life cycles? How were ruminant and equid lactation periods manipulated? How did domestic birds lose migration? Can we see changes in growth and wear rates? How did germination and harvest seasons change with latitude? Can we trace the origins of winter/summer crops? How did irrigation affect plant life cycles? Can we say anything about the temporality of wild and domestic microbes? The session aims to bring together researchers working on data and theories to unravel temporal changes in domesticates sensu lato during the entire Holocene more systematically.
Prehistoric Archaeology, Historic Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Archaeobotany, Chronobiology, Chronosociology
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Main organiser:
Eva Rosenstock (Germany) 1
David Orton (United Kingdom) 2
Ferran Antolin (Switzerland) 3
1. Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Einstein Center Chronoi
2. University of York, Department of Archaeology, BioArCh
3. Universit├Ąt Basel, Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science (IPAS)