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The Date Palm: Origin and Cultivation in the Middle East and in Egypt

Editor of an issue of Revue d’ethnoécologie.

Margareta Tengberg , Vincent Battesti , Claire Newton

Co-edition of an issue of the Journal Revue d’ethnoécologie with Margareta Tengberg, and Claire Newton,
Vol. 4 special: “The Date Palm: Origin and Cultivation in the Middle East and in Egypt/Le Palmier dattier: Origine et culture en Égypte et au Moyen-Orient ”, 2013 (published in Jan. 2014].
DOI: 10.4000/ethnoecologie.1216
ISSN: 2267-2419

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The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is a species emblematic of the hot and arid regions of the Old World where it has been cultivated since prehistoric times. Despite its essential economic role as a food species and as a key structuring element in palm grove crops, its origin and the ancient history of its exploitation had so far been the subject of very little research. In the special issue, we have gathered ten texts that address these themes from very different perspectives, reflecting the work of authors from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The central issues are those of domestication and the ancient culture of date palm, approached by archaeology, archaeobotany, geometric morphometry, genetics and iconography. In addition to these historical perspectives on date palm, there are also reflections on contemporary ways of managing this agrobiodiversity and water resources in the oasis palm grove, also in this same region, between Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.

H. Tavier & A. Den Dronker; Vincent Battesti; montage Laurent Venot, Maquette Benoît Battesti

Released Jan. 8th 2013.
This issue brings together researchers in anthropology, archeology, and archaeobotany, and approaches combining these various disciplinary backgrounds around a key species of ecosystems and agriculture in arid environments, the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera L.

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 Table of contents

 Margareta Tengberg, Claire Newton et Vincent Battesti
« L’arbre sans rival ». Palmiers dattiers et palmeraies au Moyen-Orient et en Égypte de la préhistoire à nos jours [Texte intégral]

État de l’art et outil de détermination

 Muriel Gros-Balthazard, Claire Newton, Sarah Ivorra, MargaretaTengberg, Jean-Christophe Pintaud et Jean-Frédéric Terral
Origines et domestication du palmier dattier (Phoenix dactylifera L.) [Texte intégral]
État de l’art et perspectives d’étude

 Romain Thomas
Anatomy of the endemic palms of the Near and Middle East: archaeobotanical perspectives [Texte intégral]

L’émergence des palmeraies en Arabie

 Jérémie Schiettecatte
Le palmier dattier (Phoenix dactylifera L.) dans l’Arabie méridionale préislamique [Texte intégral]

 Sophie Méry
The first oases in Eastern Arabia: society and craft technology, in the 3rd millennium BC at Hili, United Arab Emirates [Texte intégral]

Économies oasiennes : contributions archéologiques

 Claire Newton, Thomas Whitbread, Damien Agut-Labordère et Michel Wuttmann†
L’agriculture oasienne à l’époque perse dans le sud de l’oasis de Kharga (Égypte, Ve-IVe s. AEC) [Texte intégral]

 Charlène Bouchaud
Exploitation végétale des oasis d’Arabie [Texte intégral]
Production, commerce et utilisation des plantes. L’exemple de Madâ’in Sâlih (Arabie Saoudite) entre le IVe siècle av. J.-C. et le VIIe siècle apr. J.-C.

Le palmier dattier, produit cultural, produit culturel

 Julien Charbonnier
La maîtrise du temps d’irrigation au sein des oasis alimentées par des aflâj [Texte intégral]
Étude de cas à Adam (Sultanat d’Oman)

 Fanny Michel-Dansac et Annie Caubet
L’iconographie et le symbolisme du palmier dattier dans l’Antiquité (Proche-Orient, Égypte, Méditerranée orientale) [Texte intégral]

Agrobiodiversité passée et présente du palmier dattier

 Claire Newton, Jean-Frédéric Terral, Sarah Ivorra, Muriel Gros-Balthazard, Claire Tito de Morais, Sandrine Picq, Margareta Tengberg et Jean-Christophe Pintaud
Graines d’histoire [Texte intégral]
Approche morphométrique de l’agrobiodiversité du palmier dattier, actuelle et d’Égypte ancienne

 Vincent Battesti
L’agrobiodiversité du dattier (Phoenix dactylifera L.) dans l’oasis de Siwa (Égypte) [Texte intégral]
Entre ce qui se dit, s’écrit et s’oublie

Aïsa dans une oasis antique abandonnée, Um Iktaben, le 21 novembre 2010 (17h28).
© Vincent Battesti

 Review of the issue

“This new journal began publication in 2012 with each number devoted to a specific theme. This fourth issue contains ten articles addressing the prehistory, history, archaeology and iconography of the date palm, and its domestication and cultivation as a key species of oasis agricultural development over time, particularly in the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt. The longest article is on the agrobiodiversity of the Siwa Oasis in Egypt, commendably documenting the antecedents of the contemporary date palm oasis. This fine book-length collection of date palm studies is a major contribution to the state of knowledge of this ancient and modern tree crop.”
Revue d’Ethnoecologie
Dennis V. Johnson
Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture. 26.11 (Nov. 2014): p1031.


I joined lately the editorial team of this issue. Originally, this volume would reflect the work of the ANR (founded research team) Phoenix (which I was not directly involved), then this issue has evolved and changed also several times the journal.
Recently, far later my article has been accepted in this issue, the co-editors have asked me to join them to continue the publishing work with them, a work already well underway. I thank them.

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