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    DescriptionThe 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 Barker takes a global view, and integrates a massive array of information from archaeology and many other disciplines, including anthropology, botany, climatology, genetics, linguistics, and zoology. Against current orthodoxy, Barker develops a strong case for the development of agricultural systems in many areas as transformations in the life-ways of the indigenous forager societies, and argues that these were as much changes in social norms and ideologies as in ways of obtaining food. With a large number of helpful line drawings and photographs as well as a comprehensive bibliography, this authoritative study will appeal to a wide general readership as well as to specialists in a variety of fields.

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    The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory
    Why Did Foragers Become Farmers?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graeme Barker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 616
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 1,238 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199281091
    ISBN 10: 0199281092

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    LC classification: GN799.A4 B38 2006
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    Illustrations note
    138 halftones and line drawings, 15 tables
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    30 November 2006
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    Author Information
    Graeme Barker is Disney Professor of Archaeology, and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.
    Review quote
    a magisterial survey on a global scale Peter Bogucki, Cambridge Archaeological Journal Displaying a breathtaking mastery of a vast array of evidence, presented objectively and accurately, Graeme Barker has performed a great service. Paul G. Bahn, Literary Criticism Displaying a breathtaking mastery of a vast array of evidence, presented objectively and accurately, Graeme Barker has performed a great service in putting together this global overview of one of archaeology's great questions. Paul G. Bahn, Times Literary Supplement ideally suited to undergraduates and readers from other disciplines seeking an introduction to this key topic. British Archaeology Not many of today's archaeologist would have either the temerity or the vision to write a book like this. Graeme Barker is one of the few who has both, and The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory is the impressive outcome. Peter Rowley-Conwy, Antiquity ...a masterpiece of interdisciplinary synthesis, which encompasses all parts of the world, not just well-researched areas...He puts today's all-embracing, and often popular, theories in a much more sophisticated context. This important and erudite work will surely become a classic... Brian Fagan, European Journal of Archaeology 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, Anthropology in Action
    Table of contents
    1. Approaches to the origins of agriculture ; 2. Understanding foragers ; 3. Identifying foragers and farmers ; 4. The 'hearth of domestication'? Transitions to farming in South-West Asia ; 5. Central and South Asia: the wheat/rice frontier ; 6. Rice and forest farming in East and South-East Asia ; 7. Weed, tuber, and maize farming in the Americas ; 8. Africa: Afro-Asiatic pastoralists and Bantu farmers? ; 9. Transitions to farming in Europe: ex oriente lux? ; 10. The agricultural revolution in prehistory: why did foragers become farmers?