ARISE: Agricultural Revolution In Southern Europe?
Between 9,000 and 7,000 years ago the arrival of farming in the Mediterranean basin had far-reaching effects on human demography, health, social organisation and ideology. Many questions surrounding this critical change remain unanswered:
This study funded by Marie Curie Actions will explore these questions, uniting a broad range of complementary state-of-the-art analytical methods aimed at the retrieval of molecular information from ancient biological specimens. We will do this by examining the bones of these early peoples, the discarded remains of animals and plants they ate, and the pottery they used, in order to establish how they lived. In doing so, ARISE will address specific models, such as the concept of "Maritime Pioneer Colonization" which has been put forward to explain the dispersal of farming through the Western Mediterranean (Zilhao, 2001; PNAS)
ARISE will unite an number of European laboratories, world renowned for their expertise in biomoleuclar archaeology, with archaeologists based in museums across the Mediterranean.