The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture

The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture

by Jacques Cauvin, Trevor Watkins
     
 

A study of social and economic transformations in the Near East during Palaeolithic-Neolithic transition, first published in 2000.See more details below

Overview

A study of social and economic transformations in the Near East during Palaeolithic-Neolithic transition, first published in 2000.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039086
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2007
Series:
New Studies in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
Translator's note
Foreword to the second French edition
Foreword to the English edition
Preface
Chronological table
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Origins of Agriculture9
1Natural environment and human cultures on the eve of the Neolithic11
2The first pre-agricultural villages: the Natufian15
3The Revolution in Symbols and the origins of Neolithic religion22
4The first farmers: the socio-cultural context34
5The first farmers: strategies of subsistence51
6Agriculture, population, society: an assessment62
7The Neolithic Revolution: a transformation of the mind67
Pt. IIThe Beginnings of Neolithic Diffusion73
8A geographical and chronological framework for the first stages of diffusion75
9The birth of a culture in the northern Levant and the neolithisation of Anatolia78
10Diffusion into the central and southern Levant96
11The evidence of symbolism in the southern Levant105
12The dynamics of a dominant culture121
Pt. IIIThe Great Exodus135
13The problem of diffusion in the Neolithic137
14The completion of the neolithic process in the 'Levantine nucleus'143
15The arrival of farmers on the Mediterranean littoral and in Cyprus154
16The sedentary peoples push east: the eastern Jezirah and the Syrian desert171
17Pastoral nomadism189
18Hypotheses for the spread of the Neolithic199
Conclusion207
Postscript212
Notes221
Bibliography239
Index255

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