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The origins and spread of agriculture and pastoralism in Eurasia

Author: David R Harris
Publisher: London : UCL Press, 1996.
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As the first book to examine the origins and spread of agriculture and pastoralism in Europe and Asia as a whole, this major contribution should be essential reading for archaeologists, anthropologists, biologists and geographers. Adopting a novel approach to the subject, the authors examine it first in terms of seven different disciplinary perspectives: social, ecological, genetic, linguistic, biomolecular,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David R Harris
ISBN: 1857285379 9781857285376 1857285387 9781857285383
OCLC Number: 34710237
Description: xiv, 594 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction : themes and concepts in the study of early agriculture / David Harris --
Part One : Thematic perspectives : 2. Growing plants and raising animals : an anthropological perspective on domestication / Tim Ingold --
3. Ecology, evolutionary theory and agricultural origins / Mark Blumler --
4. The spread of agriculture and nomadic pastoralism : insights from genetics, linguistics and archaeology / Luca Cavalli-Sforza --
Language families and the spread of farming / Colin Renfrew --
6. Tracking early crops and early farmers : the potential of biomolecular archaeology / Martin Jones, Terry Brown, Robin Allaby --
7. The impact of diseases upon the emergence and spread of agriculture / Les Groube --
8. Plate tectonics and imaginary prehistories : structure and contingency in agricultural origins / Andrew Sherratt --
Part two : Southwest Asia --
9. The mode of domestication of the founder crops of Southwest Asian agriculture / Daniel Zohary --
10. Late Pleistocene changes in wild plants-foods available to hunter-gatherers of the northern Fertile Crescent : possible preludes to cereal cultivation / Gordon Hillman --
11. The emergence of crop cultivation and caprine herding in the "marginal" zone of the southern Levant / Andrew Garrard, Susan Colledge, Louise Martin --
12. Animal domestication --
accident or intention? / Hans-Peter Uerpmann --
13. The beginning of caprine domestication in Southwest Asia / Tony Legge --
14. The context of caprine domestication in the Zagros region / Frank Hole --
15. The one-humped camel in Asia : origin, utilization and mechanisms of dispersal / Ilsa Kohler-Rollefson --
Part Three : Europe --
16. The development of agriculture in Greece : when, how, who and what? / Paul Halstead --
17. The cultural context of the first use of domesticates in continental central and northwest Europe / Julian Thomas --
18. Agricultural frontiers and the transition to farming in the circum-Baltic region / Marek Zvelebil --
19. The first farmers of southern Scandinavia / T. Douglas Price --
20. Arboriculture in Southwest Europe : dehesas as managed woodlands / Richard Harrison --
Part Four : Central Asia to the Pacific --
21. The beginnings of agriculture in western Central Asia / David R. Harris and Chris GosdeN --
22. The origins and spread of agriculture and pastoralism in northwestern South Asia / Richard H. Meadow --
23. New evidence for early rice cultivation in South, Southeast and East Asia / Ian C. Glover and Charles F.W. Higham --
24. Jomon and Yayoi : the transition to agriculture in Japanese prehistory / Keiji Imamura --
25. The origins and spread of agriculture in the Indo-Pacific region : gradualism and diffusion or revolution and colonization? / Peter Bellwood --
26. People- plant interactions in the New Guinea highlands: agricultural hearthland or horticultural backwater? / Tim Bayliss-Smith --
27. Early agriculture and what went before in island Melanesia : continuity or intrusion? / Matthew Spriggs --
28. The origins of tropical vegeculture : zingiberacene, araceae and dioscoreaceae in Southeast Asia / Jon G. Hather --
Part Five : Conclusion --
29. The origins and spread of agricutlure and pastoralism in Eurasia : an overview / David R. Harris.
Responsibility: edited by David R. Harris.

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