Reconsidering domestication from a process archaeology perspective

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

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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
Early online date25 Aug 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Aug 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • domestication
  • process
  • agriculture
  • herding
  • niche
  • hybridity


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