Climate and agriculture in the ancient Near East: a synthesis of the archaeobotanical and stable carbon isotope evidence

  title={Climate and agriculture in the ancient Near East: a synthesis of the archaeobotanical and stable carbon isotope evidence},
  author={Simone Riehl},
  journal={Vegetation History and Archaeobotany},
  • S. Riehl
  • Published 16 May 2008
  • Geography
  • Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
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