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Isotope evidence for agricultural extensification reveals how the world’s first cities were fed

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This study sheds light on the agricultural economy that underpinned the emergence of the first urban centres in northern Mesopotamia. Using δ13C and δ15 26 N values of crop remains from the sites of Tell Sabi Abyad, Tell Zeidan, Hamoukar, Tell Brak and Tell Leilan (6500–2000 cal BC), we reveal that labour intensive practices such as manuring/middening and water management formed an integral part of the agricultural strategy from the seventh millennium BC. Increased agricultural production to ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/nplants.2017.76

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
Sub department:
Archaeology Institute
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
Sub department:
Archaeology Institute
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AGRICURB project, grant no. 312785
“Consolidating Empire” 282785
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Early Faculty CAREER Award (1054938
Publisher:
Springer Nature Publisher's website
Journal:
Nature Plants Journal website
Volume:
3
Pages:
17076
Publication date:
2017-06-05
Acceptance date:
2017-04-27
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EISSN:
2055-0278
ISSN:
2055-026X
Source identifiers:
691591
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pubs:691591
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uuid:bdb67f96-7b54-4beb-8f75-66d6535da386
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pubs:691591
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2017-04-28

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