The Centre for the Study of Early Agricultural Societies (CSEAS) is a new research initiative that aims to examine the emergence of food producing economies in the earliest agricultural centres in east, southern and southwest Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Mesoamerica. Building on a long tradition of research in the emergence of village societies, plant cultivation and animal domestication in the Fertile Crescent of southwest Asia, CSEAS aims to establish a cross-cultural research network to compare how early farming societies evolved in different geographic contexts around the globe.

The centre currently brings together different researchers at ToRS who investigate the transition from hunting and gathering to early Neolithic societies in southwest Asia. Over the next few years we aim to expand this focus by bringing in researchers working in other parts of the world to create a comparative archaeological framework for one of the most decisive economic transitions in human history.

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