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Historical Biogeography of Mediterranean Trees

 

The first finding of doum palm remain in Europe

The first finding of doum palm remain in Europe

In the Roman harbour of Naples, the evidence of trade with northern Africa In the Greek-Roman harbour of Naples, our team found doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica (L.) Mart.) among the remains dated to the 1st century BC. Doum palm is native to northern and north-eastern Africa from Egypt to Somalia and, although Hyphaene has several archaeobotanical records from the Palaeolithic in Egypt, its fruits...

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Evidences of cypress cultivation in southern Italy

Evidences of cypress cultivation in southern Italy

In Campania cypress groves were present during the Roman Age for timber production In Campania, many analyses carried out by our team on wooden artefacts revealed that cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is among the most used timber during the Roman Age. The strong economic significance of this tree was already supposed by clear evidence of cypress cultivation in the eastern Vesuvian area,...

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