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

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

by Graeme Barker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199559953

ISBN-13: 9780199559954

Pub. Date: 03/25/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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…  See more details below

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199559954
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
616
Sales rank:
994,415
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 4.20(d)

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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