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dc.contributor.authorSrivastava, Aayush
dc.contributor.authorKinnaird, Tim
dc.contributor.authorSevara, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorHolcomb, Justin A.
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Sam
dc.identifier.citationSrivastava , A , Kinnaird , T , Sevara , C , Holcomb , J A & Turner , S 2023 , ' Dating agricultural terraces in the Mediterranean using luminescence : recent progress and challenges ' , Land , vol. 12 , no. 3 , 716 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 283823886
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: e68f7aa7-96f2-46dd-a8f1-d2a270f06953
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:508384635D86A404A783C4CD95407D0B
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85151348630
dc.descriptionFunding: This paper derives from the TerraSAgE project (Terraces as Sustainable Agricultural Environments) which is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council [grant number: AH/T000104/1].en
dc.description.abstractAgricultural terraces provide farmers in hilly landscapes with effective ways to increase the area available for crops. They mitigate the risks of soil erosion and promote crop productivity by slowing surface water runoff and retaining moisture. As in other parts of the world, terraces have been constructed and used in the Mediterranean for millennia. The availability of terraced agriculture had important socio-economic, ecological, and environmental implications for past societies. However, the chronology of construction, use, and abandonment of terraces in different regions remains uncertain. A more robust set of chronological data will allow better assessment of whether terrace agriculture was a resilient strategy in the face of past economic or ecological instability and, in turn, inform how terraces could be used to address future agricultural and environmental challenges. In this paper, we review the application of luminescence dating to terrace sediments, the key challenges involved, and the currently published data which include over 250 luminescence ages. We also discuss the use of a multidisciplinary approach involving other geoarchaeological tools (e.g., use of GIS analyses, field-based luminescence readers, and micromorphology) to enhance the ways that past terrace systems can be understood. Terrace systems are inextricably linked to sustainable land use across the Mediterranean. Luminescence dating methods, therefore, have a crucial role to play in understanding the complexities of past and future landscape change.
dc.rightsCopyright: © 2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://
dc.subjectAgricultural terracesen
dc.subjectLuminescence datingen
dc.subjectLandscape archaeologyen
dc.subjectCC Archaeologyen
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectSDG 15 - Life on Landen
dc.titleDating agricultural terraces in the Mediterranean using luminescence : recent progress and challengesen
dc.typeJournal itemen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Earth & Environmental Sciencesen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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