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The thirteenth volume of Dissertations series entitled "Socioeconomic implications of cereal crop production in inland Thrace during the Late Iron Age" by Dr. Natalia Ivanova (NAIM-BAS) has been published

07.03.2019

The thirteenth volume of Dissertations series entitled "Socioeconomic implications of cereal crop production in inland Thrace during the Late Iron Age" by Dr. Natalia Ivanova (NAIM-BAS) has been published.

The study explores the operation sequences of the production, processing, and storage of cereal crops in inland Thrace during the second half of the first millennium BC. This period saw the rise of tribal states and the appearance of urban centres in the Thracian hinterland with important trading links with Classical Greece and the Hellenistic world. By combining archaeological data with archaeobotanical and ethnographic studies as well as the available documentary and iconographic sources, the research addresses questions regarding tradition and novelty in the agricultural methods and tools, access and ownership of arable land, and the intended purpose of agricultural produce.

The geographic characteristics of the region demonstrate its favourable conditions for agriculture, while the palynological data suggest that woodland clearance for arable and pasture land increased during the second half of the first millennium BC. The available archaeobotanical studies reveal the variety of species cultivated by the local Thracian population and demonstrate the primary position of cereal food. The investigation of agricultural tools and structures connected to cereal crop production, storage, and processing reveals not only the tradition in the employed implements but also the adoption of advanced techniques by the local Thracian communities. The deposition of farming tools at cult sites sheds light on the importance of agriculture in the practised rituals. The comprehensive analysis of the different stages involved in cereal crop production contributes to our understanding of the economic choices and social complexity of Thracian society.

The online version (with free access) is now available at http://series.naim.bg/index.php/Dissertations/article/view/88/73, where you can download it as a pdf file.

Natalia Ivanova. Socioeconomic implications of cereal crop production in inland Thrace during the Late Iron Age. (Dissertations, vol. 13). NAIM-BAS. Sofia, 2019. ISSN 2603-3100 (online), ISSN 2603-3097 (print), ISBN 978-954-9472-72-1 (print), ISBN 978-954-9472-73-8 (online). 194 pages, 25 plates, 48 figures.