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Re-thinking the ‘green revolution’ in the Mediterranean world

Kirchner, H., García-Contreras, G., Fenwick, C. and Pluskowski, A. (2023) Re-thinking the ‘green revolution’ in the Mediterranean world. Antiquity, 97 (394). pp. 964-974. ISSN 1745-1744

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To link to this item DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2023.91


From the seventh century AD, successive Islamic polities were established around the Mediterranean. Historians have linked these caliphates with the so-called ‘Islamic Green Revolution’—the introduction of new crops and agricultural practices that transformed the economies of regions under Muslim rule. Increasingly, archaeological studies have problematised this largely text-based model of agrarian innovation, yet much of this research remains regionally and methodologically siloed. Focusing on the Western Mediterranean, the authors offer a theoretically informed, integrated environmental archaeology approach through which to contextualise the ecological impact of the Arab-Berber conquests. Its future application will allow a fuller evaluation of the scale, range and significance of agricultural innovations during the ‘medieval millennium’.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:112784
Publisher:Cambridge University Press


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