This paper in Nature Plants presents the functional ecological model we developed in context of the NICHE project. The model focuses on mechanical soil disturbance factors - mainly soil tillage - and shows that tillage as an agricultural practice developed much later than previously assumed.
This paper in Environmental Archaeology presents the results of vegetation surveys we conducted in spring 2019. We compare the floristic composition of wild cereal habitats with that of local arable weed floras and find a large overlap in species. This indicates that many typical arable weeds of traditional Levantine agriculture originated in local grasslands and cannot be used not identify the earliest cultivation activities.