Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 343–355

Bronze Age subsistence in Sardinia, Italy: cultivated plants and wild resources

  • Mariano Ucchesu
  • Leonor Peña-Chocarro
  • Diego Sabato
  • Giuseppa Tanda
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00334-014-0470-2

Cite this article as:
Ucchesu, M., Peña-Chocarro, L., Sabato, D. et al. Veget Hist Archaeobot (2015) 24: 343. doi:10.1007/s00334-014-0470-2

Abstract

This paper presents new archaeobotanical data from six sites in Sardinia, Italy, dated to the Bronze Age (2000–1100 cal. bc). A total of 978 l of sediment has been sampled and 23,008 items retrieved. The study reveals the presence of cereals (Hordeum vulgare, H. vulgare var. nudum, Triticum monococcum and T. aestivum/durum), legumes (Lathyrus sativus/cicera, Lens culinaris, Pisum sativum and Vicia faba), and wild plants such as Ficus carica, Fragaria sp., Rubus sp., Prunus spinosa, Vitis vinifera, Myrtus communis, Juniperus oxycedrus and Pistacia lentiscus, providing substantial information on the agricultural practices of the first Nuragic communities during the Bronze Age in Sardinia.

Keywords

Agriculture Wild plants Subsistence Bronze Age Sardinia 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariano Ucchesu
    • 1
  • Leonor Peña-Chocarro
    • 2
    • 3
  • Diego Sabato
    • 1
  • Giuseppa Tanda
    • 4
  1. 1.Centro Conservazione Biodiversità (CCB), Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’AmbienteUniversità degli Studi di CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma-CSICRomeItaly
  3. 3.GI Arqueobiología. Instituto de Historia (CCHS-CSIC)MadridSpain
  4. 4.Centro Interdipartimentale per la Preistoria e la Protostoria del Mediterraneo (CIPPM), Dipartimento di Storia, Beni Culturali e territorioUniversità degli Studi di CagliariCagliariItaly

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