Manure Matters: Historical, Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives

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Richard Jones
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Business & Economics - 249 pages
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In pre-industrial societies in which the majority of the population lived directly off the land, few issues were more important than the maintenance of soil fertility. Manure really mattered, as without access to biodegradable wastes from production processes or to synthetic agrochemicals, early farmers continuously developed strategies aimed at adding nutritional value to their fields using locally available natural materials. In this book, international scholars working on social, cultural, and economic issues relating to past manure and manuring, use textual, linguistic, archaeological, scientific and ethnographic evidence as the basis for their analyses spanning the Neolithic through to the modern period, with studies from the Middle East, Britain and Atlantic Europe and India.
  

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Contents

Coming to Terms with Manure
9
The Ecology of Manure in Historical
13
Tables
26
Recycles of Life in Late Bronze Age Southern Britain
41
Figures
42
Cross and Martinsell Camp are visible in the distance to the north
50
Organic Geochemical Signatures of Ancient Manure Use
61
Dung and Stable Manure on Waterlogged Archaeological
79
Manure and Middens in English PlaceNames
97
Understanding Medieval Manure
145
Ethnographic Observations on Manuring
159
Agricultural
173
Index
233
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