Europe's First Farmers

Europe's First Farmers

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Edited by T. Douglas Price

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 412 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 242mm x 32mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 26 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521665728
  • ISBN 13: 9780521665728
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 15 b/w illus. 39 maps 5 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,575,830

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Plants and animals originally domesticated in the Near East arrived in Europe between 7000 and 4000 BC. Was the new technology introduced by migrants, or was it an 'inside job'? How were the new species adapted to European conditions? What were the immediate and long-term consequences of the transition from hunting and gathering to farming? These central questions in the prehistory of Europe are discussed here by leading specialists, drawing on scholarship in fields as diverse as genetics and IndoEuropean linguistics. Detailed studies document the differences between European regions, and fresh generalisations about the origins of European agriculture are also proposed and debated.

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"this is an excellent example of an edited volume organized around a theme. Scholars interested in the origins of food-producing societies, as well as those interested more generally in Old World archaeology, should read this book." Canadian Journal of Archaeology "[The authors] move towards a richly complex explanation that simply can no longer be explained as ex Orient lux (from east, the light0. Well supplied with regional maps, lists of important radiocarbon dates, and a scattering of site plans and artifact illustrations, this is clearly a book for colleges, universities, and professionals, indeed a necessary addition to their libraries." Choice "Well supplied with regional maps, lists of important radiocarbon dates, and a scattering of site plans and artifact illustrations" Choice April 2001

Table of contents

List of illustrations; List of tables; Preface; List of contributors; 1. Europe's first farmers: an introduction T. Douglas Price; 2. South-eastern Europe in the transition to agriculture in Europe: bridge, buffer or mosaic Ruth Tringham; 3. Transition to agriculture in eastern Europe Marek Zvelebil and Malcolm Lillie; 4. Cardial pottery and the agricultural transition in Mediterranean Europe William K. Barnett; 5. Mesolithic and Neolithic interaction in southern France and northern Italy: new data and current hypotheses Didier Binder; 6. From the Mesolithic to the Neolithic in the Iberian peninsula Joao Zilhao; 7. The origins of agriculture in south-central Europe Michael Jochim; 8. How agriculture came to north-central Europe Peter Bogucki; 9. Getting back to basics: transitions to farming in Ireland and Britain Peter Woodman; 10. The introduction of farming in northern Europe T. Douglas Price; 11. Lessons in the transition to agriculture T. Douglas Price; Bibliography; Index.