The Living Fields: Our Agricultural Heritage

The Living Fields: Our Agricultural Heritage

by Jack Rodney Harlan
     
 

All civilisations, ancient and modern, are founded on agriculture. In this fascinating account of one of the most fundamental aspects of humankind's march from prehistory to the present day, the author considers the evidence for the origin and evolution of agriculture in various parts of the world and presents a balanced view based on the archaeology, botany, genetics… See more details below

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All civilisations, ancient and modern, are founded on agriculture. In this fascinating account of one of the most fundamental aspects of humankind's march from prehistory to the present day, the author considers the evidence for the origin and evolution of agriculture in various parts of the world and presents a balanced view based on the archaeology, botany, genetics, ecology and anthropology of domesticates and their wild relatives. The basic agricultural systems, which emerged from areas yielding traces of the earliest plant and animal domestication, are described and their drastic modification in recent times considered. In a concluding chapter the present situation is reviewed, and the possible risk to a system that now relies on a relatively small number of species to supply the majority of our food is discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521401128
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Of pride and prejudice1
Ch. 2Evolution and revolution: the processes of domestication30
Ch. 3Stones and bones63
Ch. 4The Near East86
Ch. 5Africa116
Ch. 6The Far East144
Ch. 7The Americas173
Ch. 8Some traditional techniques210
Ch. 9Where we stand236
References251
Index264

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