Vegetation History & Archaeobotany vol:14 issue:4 pages:237-258
The spread of early agriculture from the
Mediterranean to central Europe is still poorly understood.
The new subsistence reached western central Europe
during the second half of the 6th millennium cal b.c.
This paper presents a comparison of crop and weed species
from 33 Bandkeramik sites from Austria and Germany
and six Bulgarian Neolithic sites. The aim is to
investigate whether the early cultivation system brought
in from the eastern Mediterranean was adapted to European
conditions in Bulgaria or further West. Some characteristics
of the potential weeds are interpreted with respect
to the cultivation systems and the origin of the