Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $38.17
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 44%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (10) from $38.17   
  • New (5) from $49.44   
  • Used (5) from $38.17   

Overview

This innovative volume is the first collective effort by archaeologists and ethnographers to use concepts and models from human behavioral ecology to explore one of the most consequential transitions in human history: the origins of agriculture. Carefully balancing theory and detailed empirical study, and drawing from a series of ethnographic and archaeological case studies from eleven locations—including North and South America, Mesoamerica, Europe, the Near East, Africa, and the Pacific—the contributors to this volume examine the transition from hunting and gathering to farming and herding using a broad set of analytical models and concepts. These include diet breadth, central place foraging, ideal free distribution, discounting, risk sensitivity, population ecology, and costly signaling. An introductory chapter both charts the basics of the theory and notes areas of rapid advance in our understanding of how human subsistence systems evolve. Two concluding chapters by senior archaeologists reflect on the potential for human behavioral ecology to explain domestication and the transition from foraging to farming.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520246478
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2006
  • Series: Origins of Human Behavior and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas J. Kennett, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, is author of The Island Chumash (California, 2005). Bruce Winterhalder, Professor of Anthropology and the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis, is coeditor of Evolutionary Ecology and Human Behavior (1992) and Hunter-Gatherer Foraging Strategies (1981).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 Behavioral ecology and the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture 1
2 A future discounting explanation for the persistence of a mixed foraging-horticulture strategy among the Mikea of Madagascar 22
3 Central place foraging and food production on the Cumberland plateau, eastern Kentucky 41
4 Aspects of optimization and risk during the early agricultural period in southeastern Arizona 63
5 A formal model for predicting agriculture among the Fremont 87
6 An ecological model for the origins of maize-based food production on the Pacific coast of southern Mexico 103
7 The origins of plant cultivation and domestication in the neotropics : a behavioral ecological perspective 137
8 Costly signaling, the sexual division of labor, and animal domestication in the Andean highlands 167
9 Human behavioral ecology, domestic animals, and land use during the transition to agriculture in Valencia, eastern Spain 197
10 Breaking the rain barrier and the tropical spread of Near Eastern agriculture into southern Arabia 217
11 The emergence of agriculture in New Guinea : a model of continuity from pre-existing foraging practices 237
12 The ideal free distribution, food production and the colonization of Oceania 265
13 Human behavioral ecology and the transition to food production 289
14 Agriculture, archaeology, and human behavioral ecology 304
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)