Maize: Origin, Domestication, and Its Role in the Development of Culture

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Cambridge University Press, May 13, 2013 - History - 586 pages
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This book examines one of the thorniest problems of ancient American archaeology: the origins and domestication of maize. Using a variety of scientific techniques, Duccio Bonavia explores the development of maize, its adaptation to varying climates, and its fundamental role in ancient American cultures. An appendix (by Alexander Grobman) provides the first ever comprehensive compilation of maize genetic data, correlating this data with the archaeological evidence presented throughout the book. This book provides a unique interpretation of questions of dating and evolution, supported by extensive data, following the spread of maize from South to North America, and eventually to Europe and beyond.
 

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Contents

Maize as Seen by Europeans
14
The Origin of Maize
22
The Domestication of Maize
61
Discussion and Conclusions
272
Maize Domestication and the thl Gene
358
Reduction of the Variahility of Maize after Domestication
372
A fterwora
487
Inolex
559
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Duccio Bonavia held professorships at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga (Ayacucho) and at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima), before he retired in 2005. He served as the Assistant Director of the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Antropología de Lima and has written fourteen books, including Peru: Hombre e Historia, Mural Paintings in Ancient Peru and The South American Camelids.

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