Tracing cultivation workshop

Tracing cultivation: Human manipulation and management of plants, a research workshop held on 7th April 2014 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Ciutadella Campus, Barcelona, Spain.

In this event several experienced researchers shared their insights on practices of manipulation and cultivation from a wide range of environments and ecologies. Their morning presentation was followed by an afternoon of discussion and debate among participants.

Certain plant manipulation practices intended to augment plant production and assure resource availability do not confortably fit into current definitions of agriculture. This notwithstanding, practices such as planting seeds, suckers or tubers, clearing competing species, and selective burning, have been able to mantain not only hunter-gatherers but also sedentary societies in many parts of the world, including Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, Australia and South America.

This workshop served to critically examine practices that may have been precursors of agriculture, yet remain poorly understood.  The event was organised within the framework of the SimulPast project.

Workshop second circular.