By Sam Lane
Can these archaeological sites tell us about what people ate in the Bronze Age? Researchers at the University of Oxford are using radioactive isotopes to find out.
The establishment of farming was a pivotal moment in human history, setting the stage for the development of a class-based society and urbanisation, archaeologists say. How did ancient civilisations grow their crops? What were the farming conditions like? How did it affect their diet and society?
These are among the questions being studied in the AGRICURB research projected, funded by the European Research Council.
(Image from Nitsch et al. 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1271745)