The Origins of Agriculture: An International Perspective

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The eight case studies in this book -- each a synthesis of available knowledge about the origins of agriculture in a specific region of the globe -- enable scholars in diverse disciplines to examine humanity's transition to agricultural societies. Contributors include: Gary W. Crawford, Robin W. Dennell, and Jack R. Harlan.

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Overview

The eight case studies in this book -- each a synthesis of available knowledge about the origins of agriculture in a specific region of the globe -- enable scholars in diverse disciplines to examine humanity's transition to agricultural societies. Contributors include: Gary W. Crawford, Robin W. Dennell, and Jack R. Harlan.

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"Nowhere else are the diverse factors influencing the origins of agriculture summarized at comparably large scales and made accessible to a similar range of non-specialists."-- American Anthropologist

"Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of cultivated plants. . . . A particularly effective textbook. The chapters are each an excellent introduction to the history of plant cultivation and domestication in their region and include much data and many references."-- American Antiquity

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817353490
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Wesley Cowan is a retired anthropologist and museum curator, the founder and owner of Cowan's Auctions, Inc., a star on the PBS series, History Detectives, and a frequent appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.

Patty Jo Watson is Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis. 

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Prehistoric Plant Domestication in East Asia 7
3 The Origins of Plant Cultivation in the Near East 39
4 Indigenous African Agriculture 59
5 The Origins of Crop Agriculture in Europe 71
6 Prehistoric Plant Husbandry in Eastern North America 101
7 Earliest Plant Cultivation in the Desert Borderlands of North America 121
8 The Origins of Agriculture in Mesoamerica and Central America 143
9 The Origins of Plant Cultivation in South America 173
10 Some Concluding Remarks 207
Index 213
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