Overview

This excellent introductory textbook describes and explains the origins of modern culture– the dawn of agriculture in the Neolithic area.


Written in an easy-to-read style, this lively and engaging book familiarises the reader with essential archaeological and genetic terms and concepts, explores the latest evidence from scientific analyses as varied as deep sea coring, ...

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Neolithic

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Overview

This excellent introductory textbook describes and explains the origins of modern culture– the dawn of agriculture in the Neolithic area.


Written in an easy-to-read style, this lively and engaging book familiarises the reader with essential archaeological and genetic terms and concepts, explores the latest evidence from scientific analyses as varied as deep sea coring, pollen identification, radiometric dating and DNA research, condensing them into an up-to-date academic account, specifically written to be clear even the novice reader.


Focusing primarily on sites in southwest Asia, Neolithic addresses questions such as:



  • Which plants and animals were the first to be domesticated, and how?

  • How did life change when people began farming?

  • What were the first villages like?

  • What do we know about the social, political and religious life of these newly founded societies?

  • What happened to human health as a result of the Neolithic Revolution?

Lavishly illustrated with almost a hundred images, this enjoyable book is an ideal introduction both for students of archaeology and for general readers interested in our past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134220397
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,220,347
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Foster McCarter holds a degree in Mediterranean prehistory from Brandeis University. For almost twenty years she has been a member of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She also teaches art history and archaeology at York College of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents


List of illustrations     vii
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Illustration credits     xv
Introduction to the Neolithic     1
Box: Preservation at the Swiss lake villages     12
The genetics of domestication     16
Box: Natural selection and the peppered moth     27
Archaeological evidence for domestication     31
Box: Evidence for domestication at Abu Hureyra     44
Plant domestication     48
Box: The domestication of maize (corn)     58
Animal domestication     62
Box: Dogs and cats     73
Architecture     76
Box: Monumental architecture     87
Pottery     92
Box: Jomon pottery     102
Diet and disease     106
Box: Ceramics and cooking     116
Power and prestige     120
Box: War     130
Technology and trade     133
Box: Women's work     144
Art and religion     147
Box: The monumental statues from 'Ain Ghazal     161
What caused the Neolithic transition?     165
A note about the dates in this book     174
Geographical place names     176
Sites mentioned in the text     178
Glossary     183
Notes     196
Bibliography     203
Index     219
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