Cultivating Societies

Project Team: Dr Nicki Whitehouse,  Queen's University Belfast (Project Leader), Dr Rick Schulting, Oxford (Co-investigator),Dr Amy Bogaard, Oxford (Co-investigator), Meriel McClatchie, Queen's University Belfast (Co-investigator), Dr Philip Barratt (Queen's University Belfast).
Project Partners come from: University College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, National Roads Authority, Cultural Resource Development Services Ltd (CRDS), National Museums Scotland, University College London, University of York.

The Cultivating Societies project will examine the extent, nature and timing of Neolithic farming in Ireland through the collation, integration and analysis of unpublished and published data (archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological, palaeoecological, C14, stable isotope, and archaeological data) from the commercial, state, and academic sectors. Integration of these varied lines of evidence is enabled by bringing together international researchers from a range of backgrounds. The project will investigate relationships between economy, landscape and settlement against a wider palaeoenvironmental backdrop, and explore implications for the roles and perceived importance of ritual and domestic spheres during the Neolithic.

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