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Mapping Food Production in Hyper-Arid and Arid Saharan Africa in the Holocene—A View from the Present

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CaSEs Research Group, Department of Humanities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, c/Trias Fargas 25, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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ICREA, Passeig Lluís Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies (GAES), University of the Witwatersrand, 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
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Academic Editors: Marc Vander Linden and Philip Riris
Received: 29 March 2021 / Revised: 6 April 2021 / Accepted: 13 April 2021 / Published: 22 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Activities and Development of Food Production in the Holocene)
The reconstruction of land use practices in hyper-arid Saharan Africa is often hampered by the accuracy of the available tools and by unconscious biases that see these areas as marginal and inhospitable. Considered that this has been for a long time the living space of pastoral mobile communities, new research is showing that agriculture might have been more important in these areas than previously thought. In this paper, after a review of present-day land use strategies in Saharan Africa, we show how ethnographic and ethnoarchaeological data can offer us a different point of view and help in better defining land use and food production strategies in this area. Ultimately, these insights can be integrated into the ongoing efforts to reconstruct past land use globally. View Full-Text
Keywords: drylands; land use; aridity index; ethnography; ethnoarchaeology; pastoralism; agriculture; LandCover6K drylands; land use; aridity index; ethnography; ethnoarchaeology; pastoralism; agriculture; LandCover6K
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Lancelotti, C.; Biagetti, S. Mapping Food Production in Hyper-Arid and Arid Saharan Africa in the Holocene—A View from the Present. Quaternary 2021, 4, 13. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/quat4020013

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Lancelotti C, Biagetti S. Mapping Food Production in Hyper-Arid and Arid Saharan Africa in the Holocene—A View from the Present. Quaternary. 2021; 4(2):13. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/quat4020013

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Lancelotti, Carla, and Stefano Biagetti. 2021. "Mapping Food Production in Hyper-Arid and Arid Saharan Africa in the Holocene—A View from the Present" Quaternary 4, no. 2: 13. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/quat4020013

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