Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 149–162 | Cite as

From foraging to farming in the southern Levant: the development of Epipalaeolithic and Pre-pottery Neolithic plant management strategies



This paper reviews the archaeobotanical record of the transition from foraging to farming in the southern Levant. The concise presentation of the published botanical evidence follows a critical assessment of: (a) the nature of Epipalaeolithic plant management strategies, (b) the place of the southern Levant in the polycentric development of Near Eastern plant cultivation and domestication, and (c) region-specific pathways for the emergence of domesticated crop “packages”. Some inferences are drawn and suggestions are made concerning the potential contribution of archaeobotanical research to questions of broader archaeological significance about socio-economic change in the southern Levant during the Pre-pottery Neolithic.


Origins of agriculture Southern Levant Natufian Neolithic Cultivation Plant domestication 


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  1. 1.School of Archaeology, Classics and EgyptologyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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