Albert J. Ammerman & Paolo Biagi (Ed.). the Widening Harvest, the Neolithic Transition in Europe: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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ALBERT J. AMMERMAN & PAOLO BIAGI (ed.). The widening harvest, the Neolithic transition in Europe: looking back, looking forward (Archaeological Institute of America Colloquia & Conference Papers Vol. 6). xxii+343 pages, 47 figures, tables. 2003. Boston (MA): Archaeological Institute of America; 1-931909-05-9 paperback.

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* The widening harvest is an authoritative review of the state of the art on the early Neolithic, as at 1998. Prof. AMMERMAN opens by considering the history of research on his theme--to which he has contributed so helpfully before--and emphasising major issues of wider interest. There follow articles on: 'The origins of agriculture' (P.J. Watson with an intercontinental perspective, D. Harris with more on the history of research around the world, A. Moore on Abu Hureyra, G. Hillman on crops, and P. Rowley-Conwy on animals); 'southern Europe' (C. Runnells, P. Biagi, R. Skeates, J. Guilaine [in French], J. Zilao); 'Central and northern Europe' (M. Kazanowska & J. Kozlowski, P. Bogucki on riverine dispersal, T.D. Price); and 'Human genes and languages' (L. Cavalli-Sforza, B. Sykes, C. Renfrew). He summarises the discussion at the conference that produced these papers, and adds the meeting's resolutions: that there should be a programme to date samples of wheat, barley and rye and bones of sheep and goats to be collected from Europe and western Asia; and that there should be a 'collection of genetic data on living human populations and archaeological specimens' (p. …