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Garamantian Agriculture: the Plant Remains from Zinchecra, Fezzan.

By Marijke Van der Veen


Metadata only entryExcavations at Zinchecra, a hill fort settlement of the Garamantes in Fezzan, southern Libya, have recovered a rich assemblage of desiccated and carbonised plant remains. The archaeobotanical evidence of this assemblage has produced a unique insight into the state of agriculture in the Sahara during the first half of the first millennium B.C. Three cereal crops and three fruit crops have been identified, as well as salad plants and aromatic herbs. The use of wild plant resources has also been attested. The assemblage is dated by eleven radiocarbon dates to 900-400 cal. B.C. A well-developed agricultural regime was present, despite the harsh climatic conditions

Publisher: The Society for Libyan Studies
Year: 1992
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