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Olive trees of Sicily. A historical ecology
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 60 credits / 90 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A multidisciplinary research methodology based on the combination of literature review and spatial analysis is presented as a contribution to the historical ecology of olive trees in Sicily (Italy). The thesis crosscuts time and space at different scales for a new epistemological approach to allow the olive trees to “talk”. Structured around the identification of breaking points and nodes of connection, the social and ecological history of the olive trees in the island are explored. While recognising the full agency of trees in the spatial and temporal evolving dynamics of the landscape, the vital importance of their inner connections with other elements of the ecosystems is stressed in the analysis; as also the importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The thesis is concluded with the hypothesis that the olive trees of Sicily could be seen as biocultural refugia, physical places which preserve both agricultural biodiversity and traditional ecological knowledge. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 77 p.
Keyword [en]
Olive trees, historical ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, resilience, biocultural refugia, Sicily.
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302728OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302728DiVA: diva2:967336
Educational program
Master Programme in Global Environmental History
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved

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