The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory: Why did Foragers become Farmers?

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Overview

The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory addresses one of the most debated and least understood revolutions in the history of our species-the change from foraging (hunting and gathering) to farming. Ten thousand years ago there were few if any communities whom we can properly call farmers; five thousand years later, large numbers of the world's population were farmers, using a wide variety of crops and animals. The possible reasons for the transition continue to be one of the most controversial topics in archaeology.
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"Displaying a breathtaking mastery of a vast array of evidence, presented objectively and accurately, Graeme Barker has performed a great service in putting together this global overview of one of archaeology's great questions."--Paul G. Bahn, Times Literary Supplement

"Ideally suited to undergraduates and readers from other disciplines seeking an introduction to this key topic."--British Archaeology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199281091
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graeme Barker is Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures x

List of Tables xv

Abbreviations xvi

1 Approaches to the Origins of Agriculture 1

2 Understanding Foragers 42

3 Identifying Foragers and Farmers 73

4 The 'Hearth of Domestication'? Transitions to Farming in South-West Asia 104

5 Central and South Asia: the Wheat/Rice Frontier 149

6 Rice and Forest Farming in East and South-East Asia 182

7 Weed, Tuber, and Maize Farming in the Americas 231

8 Africa: Afro-Asiatic Pastoralists and Bantu Farmers? 273

9 Transitions to Farming in Europe: Ex Oriente Lux? 325

10 The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory: Why did Foragers become Farmers? 382

References 415

Index 527

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