Europe's First Farmers / Edition 1

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Plants and animals originally domesticated in the Near East arrived in Europe between 7000 and 4000 BC. Was the new technology introduced by migrants, or was it an "inside job"? How were the new species adapted to European conditions? What were the immediate and long-term consequences of the transition from hunting and gathering to farming? These central questions in the prehistory of Europe are discussed here by leading specialists, drawing on the latest scholarship in fields as diverse as genetics and IndoEuropean linguistics.

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"this is an excellent example of an edited volume organized around a theme. Scholars interested in the origins of food-producing societies, as well as those interested more generally in Old World archaeology, should read this book." Canadian Journal of Archaeology

"[The authors] move towards a richly complex explanation that simply can no longer be explained as ex Orient lux (from east, the light0. Well supplied with regional maps, lists of important radiocarbon dates, and a scattering of site plans and artifact illustrations, this is clearly a book for colleges, universities, and professionals, indeed a necessary addition to their libraries." Choice

"Well supplied with regional maps, lists of important radiocarbon dates, and a scattering of site plans and artifact illustrations" Choice April 2001

The invitations to contribute went to scholars who not only were active in field research dealing with the Mesolithic and Neolithic in Europe, but were also developing revised perspectives for understanding the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. Their studies come in light of growing uneasiness with the traditional view that farming was carried from the Middle East across Europe to the north and west by successive waves of immigrants. Underlying this anxiety are deeper questions about why people took up farming at all, and the nature of such radical changes in human communities. Most of the chapters consider a certain region, such as the Mediterranean, the Iberian peninsula, and Ireland and Britain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521665728
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; List of contributors; 1. Europe's first farmers: an introduction T. Douglas Price; 2. South-eastern Europe in the transition to agriculture in Europe: bridge, buffer or mosaic Ruth Tringham; 3. Transition to agriculture in eastern Europe Marek Zvelebil and Malcolm Lillie; 4. Cardial pottery and the agricultural transition in Mediterranean Europe William K. Barnett; 5. Mesolithic and Neolithic interaction in southern France and northern Italy: new data and current hypotheses Didier Binder; 6. From the Mesolithic to the Neolithic in the Iberian peninsula João Zilhão; 7. The origins of agriculture in south-central Europe Michael Jochim; 8. How agriculture came to north-central Europe Peter Bogucki; 9. Getting back to basics: transitions to farming in Ireland and Britain Peter Woodman; 10. The introduction of farming in northern Europe T. Douglas Price; 11. Lessons in the transition to agriculture T. Douglas Price; Bibliography; Index.

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