Neolithic Farming in Central Europe: An Archaeobotanical Study of Crop Husbandry Practices / Edition 1

Neolithic Farming in Central Europe: An Archaeobotanical Study of Crop Husbandry Practices / Edition 1

by Amy Bogaard
     
 

"Neolithic Farming in Central Europe examines the nature of the earliest crop cultivation, a subject that illuminates the lives of Neolithic farming families and the day to day reality of the transition from hunting and gathering to farming." Debate surrounding the nature of crop husbandry in Neolithic central Europe has focused on the permanence of cultivation, its… See more details below

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"Neolithic Farming in Central Europe examines the nature of the earliest crop cultivation, a subject that illuminates the lives of Neolithic farming families and the day to day reality of the transition from hunting and gathering to farming." Debate surrounding the nature of crop husbandry in Neolithic central Europe has focused on the permanence of cultivation, its intensity and its seasonality, variables that carry different implications for Neolithic society. Amy Bogaard reviews the archaeological evidence for four major competing models of Neolithic crop husbandry - shifting cultivation, extensive plough cultivation, floodplain cultivation and intensive garden cultivation - and evaluates charred crop and weed assemblages. Her conclusions identify the most appropriate model of cultivation, and highlight the consequences of these agricultural practices for our understanding of Neolithic societies in central Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415324854
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1The study area and its archaeological background10
2Models of crop husbandry in Neolithic central Europe21
3The key variables of permanence, intensity and seasonality and their wider implications50
4Archaeobotanical, ecological and statistical methodology60
5Testing the four major crop husbandry models96
6Identification of separate ecological gradients and specific crop husbandry practices115
7Conclusions : Neolithic farming in Central Europe154

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