The oldest evidence of Nigella damascena L. (Ranunculaceae) and its possible introduction to central Europe

  title={The oldest evidence of Nigella damascena L. (Ranunculaceae) and its possible introduction to central Europe},
  author={Andreas G Heiss and Klaus Oeggl},
  journal={Vegetation History and Archaeobotany},
After the beginning of metal processing at the transition from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, further knowledge of ore mining and smelting had spread from the Near East to central Europe. In the copper ore deposits of Schwaz, in the central part of the Alps, the oldest traces of copper mining derive from the early to middle Bronze Ages. Investigation of a middle to late Bronze Age (1410–920 cal B.C.) slag-washing site in the area revealed a carbonised seed of Nigella damascena (Ranunculaceae… Expand

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