Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory Why Did Foragers Become Farmers?

ISBN-10: 0199559953
ISBN-13: 9780199559954
Edition: 2009
Authors: Graeme Barker
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Book details

List price: $68.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory addresses one of the most debated and least understood revolutions in the history of our species, the change from hunting and gathering to farming. Graeme Barker takes a global view, and integrates a massive array of information from archaeology and many other disciplines, including anthropology, botany, climatology, genetics, linguistics, and zoology. Against current orthodoxy, Barker develops a strong case for the development of agricultural systems in many areas as transformations in the life-ways of the indigenous forager societies, and argues that these were as much changes in social norms and ideologies as in ways of obtaining food. With a large number of helpful line drawings and photographs as well as a comprehensive bibliography, this authoritative study will appeal to a wide general readership as well as to specialists in a variety of fields.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Abbreviations
Approaches to the Origins of Agriculture
Understanding Foragers
Identifying Foragers and Farmers
The 'Hearth of Domestication'? Transitions to Farming in South-West Asia
Central and South Asia: the Wheat/Rice Frontier
Rice and Forest Farming in East and South-East Asia
Weed, Tuber, and Maize Farming in the Americas
Africa: Afro-Asiatic Pastoralists and Bantu Farmers?
Transitions to Farming in Europe: Ex Oriente Lux?
The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory: Why did Foragers become Farmers?
References
Index

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