PATH aims at understanding human-plant interactions at the dawn of one of the most significant changes in human evolution, agriculture, by means of analysing evidence from plant food processing and consumption and ancient dental calculus.
Diet reconstruction is used to address the early domestication of caprines in Southern Levant. Dental microwear analysis allows characterize the dietary regime of goats and eventual changes, determining whether they are due to controlled feeding.
We intend to establish the designs, traditions and technical skills apprehended from the study of Mesolithic and Neolithic archaeological assemblages from NE Iberia, determining the degree of specialization achieved.
We intend to explain the transition to farming in a comparative perspective in order to identify potentially universal as well as regionally-unique factors in the evolutionary processes leading to agriculture.