ICArEHB Dialogues ‘Origins of Agriculture’, will take place Friday 16th of July at 4pm (Faro time) in videoconference, with Dorian Fuller and Hugo Oliveira, and will be convened by Roz Gillis.


Dorian Fuller is Professor of Archaeobotany at University College London. He works on past agricultural systems and plant domestication through archaeological research in several regions, including sub-Saharan Africa, the Near East, South Asia and China. He has directed excavations in India, Sudan and Iraqi Kurdistan, and has worked on field projects in Morocco, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, China and various states of India. He is author of Trees and Woodlands of South India. Archaeological Perspectives and a co-editor of Far From the Hearth (2019), Archaeology of African Plant Use (2014) and Climates, Landscapes and Civilizations (2012). He completed his PhD on The Emergence of Agricultural Societies in South India (1999) at Cambridge University. He received his BA from Yale University (1995) in Connecticut and grew up in San Francisco, California.

Hugo Oliveira is an Associate Researcher at ICArEHB, investigating the origins and diffusion of farming.  He obtained a BSc degree in Applied Biology (University of Minho, Portugal) where he specialised in plant molecular biology. Subsequently, he completed an MPhil and a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge (UK) investigating the spread of wheat cultivation in North Africa and Iberia. Since then, he has explored the domestication of rye (at IFM, Linköping University, Sweden); the diffusion of fava bean (CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal) and used next-generation DNA sequencing methods to elucidate the domestication of emmer wheat (MIB, University of Manchester, UK) and lentil (ICArEHB, University of Algarve, Portugal). He is currently conducting the OWLDER project using genomic tools and archaeobotanical information to investigate the domestication of legumes in the Near East (lentil and chickpea) and West Africa (cowpea). He is also looking at how biodiversity and farming strategies combined to allow crops to adapt to environmental settings outside their domestication centres. Other interests include agricultural resilience and societal collapse, the consilience between natural and social sciences in archaeology and the application of genomics to plant breeding to achieve global food security in the face of climate change. 

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