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Title

Einkorn (Triticum monococcum L) cultivation in mountain communities of the western Rif (Morocco): an ethnoarchaeological project

AuthorsPeña-Chocarro, Leonor ; Zapata, Lydia; González Urquijo, Jesús E.; Ibáñez-Estévez, Juan José
KeywordsEinkorn
The western Rif (Morocco)
Ethnoarchaeological project
Issue Date2009
PublisherOxbow Books
CitationFrom foragers to farmers : 103-111 (2009)
AbstractThe survival of traditional einkorn cultivation in the western Rif of Morocco allowed the recording of the techniques used in its management and processing. Although information about its cultivation during the last century was very scarce, fieldwork suggests that einkorn was a common crop in the recent past. Unfortunately, no archaeobotanical studies are available for the area to investigate its ancient use more fully. Einkorn played an important role within the household economy, providing food for both people and livestock. In addition, its straw is highly valued in house construction, as a thatching material. Straw was also an important product for stuffing mattresses, cushions and saddles. In fact, einkorn straw was such a highly prized resource that reduction in thatching now threatens its survival. Moreover, this study is a clear example of how minor crops may continue to be grown because of a connection to a specific craft activity outside of food production. Use of einkorn in similar craft activities could in part explain its recurrent appearance in small quantities throughout the archaeological record of the old world until recent times.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/156594
Identifiersisbn: 978-1-84217-354-1
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