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Our new research on Medieval farming in central Italy

The einkorn was a “cultural” element of the Lombard farming, while rye characterized the later Carolingian feudal period

In a new paper published in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, our team study plant remains (seeds and fruits) from the Medieval castle of Miranduolo, near Siena.

The long sequence of occupation, between the 8th and the 11th centuries AD, allow to detect the crops, the storage and the processing practices, as well as the changing role of crop plants in the rural economy, highlighting the geographical, historical-cultural and political factors of the medieval transition from the Lombard to the Carolingian and then to the feudal period in central Italy.


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