Archaeology of African Plant Use

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Chris J Stevens, Sam Nixon, Mary Anne Murray, Dorian Q Fuller
Routledge, Jul 1, 2016 - Social Science - 293 pages
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The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book focuses on Paleolithic archaeobotany and the relationship between agriculture and social complexity. It explores the effects that plant life has had on humans as they evolved from primates through the complex societies of Africa, including Egypt, the Buganda Kingdom, southern African polities, and other regions. With over 30 contributing scholars from 12 countries and extensive illustrations, this volume is an essential addition to our knowledge of humanity’s relationship with plants.
 

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Contents

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THE POTENTIAL
OUR SPECIESSPECIFIC DIETARY
A GLIMPSE OF MIDDLE STONE
UNDERSTANDING LATE AND TERMINAL PLEISTOCENE
EARLY MILLET FARMERS IN THE LOWER TILEMSI VALLEY
HOLOCENE VEGETATION CHANGE AND LAND USE
EARLY AGROPASTORALISM IN THE MIDDLE SENEGAL
AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION AND STATE COLLAPSE
ISLANDS OF AGRICULTURE ON VICTORIA NYANZA
ARCHAEOBOTANICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF THE IRON
AN EXAMPLE OF THE DISAPPEARANCE
THE ARCHAEOBOTANY OF FARMING COMMUNITIES
LINGUISTIC EVIDENCE AND THE ORIGINS OF FOOD
IMPLICATIONS
ARABLE ECONOMIES

PLANT AND LAND USE IN SOUTHERN CAMEROON 400 B C
WILD TREES IN THE SUBSISTENCE ECONOMY OF EARLY
ARCHAEOBOTANY OF TWO MIDDLE KINGDOM CULT
BOTANICAL INSIGHTS INTO THE LIFE OF AN ANCIENT
INSIGHTS FROM
INDEX
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
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