The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory : Why did Foragers become Farmers?: Why did Foragers become Farmers? (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Oct 5, 2006 - Agriculture - 616 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

1 Approaches to the Origins of Agriculture
1
2 Understanding Foragers
42
3 Identifying Foragers and Farmers
73
4 The Hearth of Domestication? Transitions to Farming in SouthWest Asia
104
the WheatRice Frontier
149
6 Rice and Forest Farming in East and SouthEast Asia
182
7 Weed Tuber and Maize Farming in the Americas
231
AfroAsiatic Pastoralists and Bantu Farmers?
273
Ex Oriente Lux?
325
Why did Foragers become Farmers?
382
References
415
Index
527
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