Environmental Archaeology

When people and animals live together, the story of their association can be read in the land around them. Many herders select places in the landscape which are attractive to animals.  When people and animals live together over a long time in a specific place, the land responds to their presence by hosting new plant communities which act as 'signatures' to this relationship.

One objective of the project's fieldwork was to document landscape forms which are suggestive of domestication and to analyse evocative places for characteristic signatures of domestication in the pollen or the phosphate signatures of the soil. Environmental archaeology was conducted in Fennoscandia and Russian Federation.