Reconsidering domestication from a process archaeology perspective

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  • Amy Bogaard
  • Robin Allaby
  • Benjamin S. Arbuckle
  • Robin Bendrey
  • Sarah Crowley
  • Thomas Cucchi
  • Tim Denham
  • Laurent Frantz
  • Dorian Fuller
  • Gilbert, Tom
  • Elinor Karlsson
  • Aurélie Manin
  • Fiona Marshall
  • Natalie Mueller
  • Joris Peters
  • Charles Stépanoff
  • Alexander Weide
  • Greger Larson

Process philosophy offers a metaphysical foundation for domestication studies. This grounding is especially important given the European colonialist origin of ‘domestication’ as a term and 19th century cultural project. We explore the potential of process archaeology for deep-time investigation of domestication relationships, drawing attention to the variable pace of domestication as an ongoing process within and across taxa; the nature of domestication ‘syndromes’ and ‘pathways’ as general hypotheses about process; the importance of cooperation as well as competition among humans and other organisms; the significance of non-human agency; and the ubiquity of hybrid communities that resist the simple wild/domestic dichotomy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Archaeology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)56-77
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

    Research areas

  • agriculture, Domestication, herding, hybridity, niche, process

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