Rethinking Agriculture: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives

Rethinking Agriculture: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives

by Timothy P Denham
     
 

ISBN-10: 1598742612

ISBN-13: 9781598742619

Pub. Date: 06/30/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Although the need to study agriculture in different parts of the world on its “own terms” has long been recognized and re-affirmed, a tendency persists to evaluate agriculture across the globe using concepts, lines of evidence and methods derived from Eurasian research. However, researchers working in different regions are becoming increasingly aware of

Overview

Although the need to study agriculture in different parts of the world on its “own terms” has long been recognized and re-affirmed, a tendency persists to evaluate agriculture across the globe using concepts, lines of evidence and methods derived from Eurasian research. However, researchers working in different regions are becoming increasingly aware of fundamental differences in the nature of, and methods employed to study, agriculture and plant exploitation practices in the past. Contributions to this volume rethink agriculture, whether in terms of existing regional chronologies, in terms of techniques employed, or in terms of the concepts that frame our interpretations. This volume highlights new archaeological and ethnoarchaeological research on early agriculture in understudied non-Eurasian regions, including Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and Africa, to present a more balanced view of the origins and development of agricultural practices around the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598742619
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Series:
One World Archaeology Series, #51
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Rethinking Agriculture: Introductory Thoughts Luc Vrydaghs Tim Denham 1

2 Agriculture, Cultivation and Domestication: Exploring the Conceptual Framework of Early Food Production David R Harris 16

3 Selection, Cultivation and Reproductive Isolation: A Reconsideration of the Morphological and Molecular Signals of Domestication Martin Jones Terry Brown 36

4 Subterranean Diets in the Tropical Rain Forests of Sarawak, Malaysia Huw Barton Victor Paz 50

5 Early to Mid-Holocene Plant Exploitation in New Guinea: Towards a Contingent Interpretation of Agriculture Tim Denham 78

6 Unravelling the Story of Early Plant Exploitation in Highland Papua New Guinea Jack Colson 109

7 The Meaning of Ditches: Interpreting the Archaeological Record from New Guinea Using Insights from Ethnography Tim Bayliss-Smith 126

8 Perspectives on Traditional Agriculture from Rapa Nui Geertrui Louwagie Roger Langohr 149

9 New Perspectives on Plant Domestication and the Development of Agriculture in the New World José Iriarte 167

10 Keepers of Louisiana's Levees: Early Mound Builders and Forest Managers Gayle J. Fritz 189

11 Modeling Prehistoric Agriculture through the Palaeoenvironmental Record: Theoretical and Methodological Issues Deborah M. Pearsall 210

12 Chronicling Indigenous Accounts of the 'Rise of Agriculture'in the Americas Matthew P. Sayre 231

13 Starch Remains, Preservation Biases and Plant Histories: An Example from Highland Peru Linda Perry 241

14 Emerging Food-Producing Systems in the La Plata Basin: The Los Ajos Site José Iriarte 256

15 A Tale of Two Tuber Crops: How Attributes of Enset and Yams may have ShapedPrehistoric Human-Plant Interactions in Southwest Ethiopia Elisabeth Anne Hildebrand 273

16 Multidisciplinary Evidence of Mixed Farming during the Early Iron Age in Rwanda and Burundi Marie-Claude Van Grunderbeek Emile Roche 299

17 The Development of Plant Cultivation in Semi-Arid West Africa Stefanie Kahlheber Katharina Neumann 320

18 Human Impact and Environmental Exploitation in Gabon during the Holocene Richard Oslisly Lee White 347

19 The Establishment of Traditional Plantain Cultivation in the African Rain Forest: A Working Hypothesis Edmond De Langhe 361

20 African Pastoral Perspectives on Domestication of the Donkey: A First Synthesis Fiona Marshall 371

21 Using Linguistics to Reconstruct African Subsistence Systems: Comparing Crop Names to Trees and Livestock Roger Blench 408

Subject Index 439

Botanical Index 457

About the Contributors 463

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