The Origins of Agriculture: An International Perspective

The Origins of Agriculture: An International Perspective

The Origins of Agriculture: An International Perspective

The Origins of Agriculture: An International Perspective

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When this book first came out in 1992, there was lively interest in agricultural origins, not only in the classic area of western Asia first highlighted by V. Gordon Childe, but also in other parts of the Old World, such as Africa and East Asia, that were just beginning to be investigated. To add to the excitement, convincing evidence for several independent developments of agriculture in the western hemisphere was beginning to emerge. Since 1992, those trends have continued, but there is still no other single volume available in which the archaeobotanists and paleoethnobotanists who are carrying out the fundamental research systematically summarize the data themselves, region by region, around the globe. Because of that fact and because our book has been out of print for some time, we readily agreed to a proposal that the volume be reprinted to make those data easily accessible once more. We are very grateful to The University of Alabama Press for initiating and expediting this 2006 printing.

Those who wish to use this book in teaching a comparative approach to the origins of agriculture in world perspective may want to combine it with one or more publications that have appeared in the past several years. Some excellent potential complements or supplements are listed below.

C. Wesley Cowan Patty Jo Watson April 2006

SELECTED COMPLEMENTARY AND SUPPLEMENTARY REFERENCES

Bellwood, P.

2005 First Farmers. Blackwell, Oxford.

Denevan, W.

2001 Cultivated Landscapes of Native Amazonia and the Andes. Oxford University Press, New York.

Denham, T.

2004 The Roots of Agriculture and Arboriculture in New Guinea: Looking Beyond Austronesian Expansion, Neolithic Packages, and Indigenous Origins. World Archaeology 36(4) :610–620.

2005 Envisaging Early Agriculture in the Highlands of New Guinea: Landscapes, Plants and Practices. World Archaeology 37(2):290–306.

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