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The agricultural revolution in prehistory : why did foragers become farmers?

Author: Graeme Barker
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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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 foraging (hunting and gathering) to farming. Ten thousand years ago there were few if any communities whom we can properly call farmers; five thousand years later, large numbers of the world's population were farmers, using a wide variety of crops and animals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Barker, Graeme.
Agricultural revolution in prehistory.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006018538
(OCoLC)64554643
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Graeme Barker
ISBN: 9780191557668 0191557668
OCLC Number: 607806028
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 598 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 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?
Responsibility: Graeme Barker.

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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  Read more...

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an extremely useful and balanced analysis of the work done by archaeologists on the history of farming, linked to analyses made within other disciplines including anthropology * Monica Janowski, Read more...

 
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