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First Farmers : Origins of Agricultural Societies

First Farmers : Origins of Agricultural Societies - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631205661

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ISBN13: 978-0631205661
ISBN10: 0631205667
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 2005
International: No
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First Farmers : Origins of Agricultural Societies - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631205661

Peter Bellwood

ISBN13: 978-0631205661
ISBN10: 0631205667
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

First Farmers: the Origins of Agricultural Societies offers readers an understanding of the origins and histories of early agricultural populations in all parts of the world.

  • Uses data from archaeology, comparative linguistics, and biological anthropology to cover developments over the past 12,000 years
  • Examines the reasons for the multiple primary origins of agriculture
  • Focuses on agricultural origins in and dispersals out of the Middle East, central Africa, China, New Guinea, Mesoamerica and the northern Andes
  • Covers the origins and dispersals of major language families such as Indo-European, Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan, Niger-Congo and Uto-Aztecan.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Maps

Preface

1 The Early Farming Dispersal Hypothesis in Perspective

2 The Origins and Dispersals of Agriculture: Some Operational Considerations

3 The Beginnings of Agriculture in Southwest Asia

4 Tracking the Spreads of Farming Beyond the Fertile Crescent: Europe and Asia

5 Africa: An Independent Focus of Agricultural Development?

6 The Beginnings of Agriculture in China

7 The Spread of Agriculture into Southeast Asia and Oceania

8 Early Agriculture and its Spread in the Americas

9 What Do Language Families Mean for Human Prehistory?

10 The Spread of Farming: Comparing the Archaeology and the Linguistics

11 Genetics, Skeletal Anthropology, and the People Factor

12 The Nature of Early Agricultural Expansion

Index

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