Archaeobotany, Archaeology of Mesopotamia, Climate
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As a UCHI Fellow, Alexia will complete two manuscripts. The first examines the nature and organization of food production at Tell Leilan, NE Syria, a large urban center that helped control the northern extent of the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia. Around 2200 BC, an abrupt climatic change coincided with the collapse of the empire. An understanding of agriculture before and after the shift will add to the debate regarding the cause of the collapse. The second manuscript examines choices made by farmers at Tell Qarqur, a contemporary site in western Syria, where the impact of the climatic shift was felt differently.