Daniel Fuks

Daniel Fuks is currently a Marie S. Curie International Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, supervised by Prof Matthew Collins.

Daniel is an archaeobotanist, studying past human-plant interaction, with a primary geographic focus on the southern Levant. He seeks to bring the local archaeobotanical data he generates to bear on scholarship of long-term plant domestication and diffusion, ancient agriculture/pastoralism, and ancient economic history in the Mediterranean and beyond.

His CroProLITE project aims to reconstruct first millennium CE agricultural developments in the Negev desert and beyond from ancient herbivore dung microbiomes and rubbish-dump plant remains.

Daniel recently founded the Crop History Consortium, dedicated to synthesis research on historical cultivation, usage, and geographic and evolutionary trajectories of crop plants, focusing on the Middle East and Mediterranean regions of the past 2,000 years.

Fuks, D., Schmidt, A.F., Garcia-Collado, M.I., Besseiche, M…(18 authors), Alexander, M., Gros-Balthazard, M. Accepted. Orphan crops of archaeology-based crop history research, Plants, People, Planet.

Fuks, D., Melamed, Y., Langgut, D., Erickson-Gini, T., Tepper, Y., Bar-Oz, G. and Weiss, E. Under review. Unprecedented yet gradual nature of first millennium CE intercontinental crop plant dispersal revealed in ancient Negev desert refuse. bioRxiv 2022.12.01.518650. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.12.01.518650

Fuks, D., O’Neill-Munro, N., Reimer, P.J., Erickson-Gini, T., Bar-Oz, G., Galili, R., Bucking, S. 2023. Minimally destructive radiocarbon dating of caprine dung. Radiocarbon, 65(4): 832–847. https://doi.org/10.1017/RDC.2023.70

Cohen, P., Bacilieri, R., Ramos-Madrigal, J., Privman, E., Boaretto, E., Weber, A., Fuks, D., Weiss, E., Erickson-Gini, T., Bucking, S. and Tepper, Y. 2023. Ancient DNA from a lost Negev Highlands desert grape reveals a Late Antiquity wine lineage. PNAS, 120(17): e2213563120. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2213563120

Fuks, D. 2022. The Domestication Dichotomy and Beyond: Review of Abbo S. and Gopher A. 2022, Plant Domestication and the Origins of Agriculture in the Ancient Near East, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Mitekufat Haeven: Journal of the Israel Prehistoric Society, 155: 150–160.

Fuks, D., Lister, D.L., Distelfeld, A. and Marom, N. 2022. A time to sow, a time to reap: Modifications to biological and economic rhythms in Southwest Asian plant and animal domestication. Agronomy, 12(6). https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12061368

Bucking, S., Fuks, D., Dunseth, Z.C., Schwimer, L. and Erickson-Gini, T., 2022. The Avdat in Late Antiquity Project: uncovering the Early Islamic phases of a Byzantine town in the Negev Highlands. Antiquity, 96(387): 754-761. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2022.46

Bar-Oz, G., Galili, R., Fuks, D., Erickson-Gini, T., Tepper, Y., Shamir, N. and Avni, G. 2022. Caravanserai middens on desert roads: a new perspective on the Nabataean–Roman trade network across the Negev. Antiquity, 96(387): 592-610. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2022.40

Fuks, D. and Marom, N. 2021. Sheep and wheat domestication in southwest Asia: a metatrajectory of intensification and loss. Animal Frontiers, 11(3): 20–29. https://doi.org/10.1093/af/vfab010

Fuks, D. and Dunseth, Z. 2021. Dung in the dumps: what we can learn from multi-proxy archaeobotanical study of herbivore dung pellets. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 30, 137–153. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-020-00806-x

Fuks, D., Avni, G. and Bar-Oz, G. 2021. The debate on Negev viticulture and Gaza wine in Late Antiquity. Tel-Aviv, 48(2): 143–170. https://doi.org/10.1080/03344355.2021.1968626

Fuks, D., Bar-Oz, G., Tepper, Y., and Weiss, E. 2021. Flowers and faeces: Seasonal signals from Shivta’s Early Islamic rubbish middens. In A. Lichtenberger and R. Raja (eds), The Archaeology of Seasonality (pp. 85–98). Turnhout: Brepols.

Spengler, R.N., Stark, S., Zhou, X., Fuks, D., Tang, L., Mir-Makhamad, B., Bjørn, R., Jiang, H., Olivieri, L.M., Begmatov, A. and Boivin, N., 2021. A journey to the west: the ancient dispersal of rice out of East Asia. Rice, 14(1): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12284-021-00518-4

Fuks, D., Bar-Oz, G., Tepper, Y., Erickson-Gini, T., Langgut, D., Weissbrod, L. and Weiss, E. 2020. The rise and fall of viticulture in the Late Antique Negev Highlands reconstructed from archaeobotanical and ceramic data. PNAS, 117 (33): 19780–19791. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1922200117.

Fuks, D., Amichay, O. and Weiss, E. 2020. Innovation or preservation? Abbasid aubergines, archaeobotany and the Islamic Green Revolution. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 12(50). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-019-00959-5.

Fuks, D., Ackermann, O., Ayalon, A., Bar-Matthews, M., Bar-Oz, G., Levi, Y., Maeir, A.M., Weiss, E., Zilberman, T. and Safrai, Z. 2017. Dust clouds, climate change and coins: consiliences of palaeoclimate and economy in the Late Antique southern Levant. Levant 49 (2): 205–223. https://doi.org/10.1080/00758914.2017.1379181.

Fuks, D., Weiss, E., Tepper, Y. and Bar-Oz, G. 2016. Seeds of collapse? Reconstructing the ancient agricultural economy at Shivta in the Negev, Antiquity 90(353). https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2016.167.

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