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    DescriptionSusan Alling Gregg presents a sophisticated model for the transition from hunter-gatherer societies tosettled agricultural communities in prehistoric Europe. She proposes that farmers and foragers must have encountered each other and interacted in a variety of ways for over a millennium as farming systems spread throughout the continent. Several variations of subsistence developed, such as foraging and hunting for part of the year and farming for the rest, or cooperative exchange arrangements between hunter-gatherers and farmers throughout the year. Gregg examines anthropological, ecological, and archaeological dimensions of prehistoric population interaction. She then examines the ecological requirements of both crops and livestock and, in order to identify an optimal farming strategy for Early Neolithic populations, develops a computer simulation to examine various resource mixes. Turning to the foragers, she models the effects that interaction with the farmers would have had on the foragers' subsistence-settlement system. Supporting her model with archaeological, ecological, and ethnobotanical evidence from southwest Germany, Gregg shows that when foragers and farmers occur contemporaneously, both need to be considered before either can be understood. Theoretically and methodologically, her work builds upon earlier studies of optimal diet and foraging strategy, extending the model to food-producing populations. The applicability of Gregg's generalized model for both wild and domestic resources reaches far beyond her case study of Early Neolithic Germany; it will interest both Old and New World archaeologists.

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    Foragers and Farmers
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    By (author) Susan Alling Gregg
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 438 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226307367
    ISBN 10: 0226307360

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HDDA
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 936
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    LC classification: GN776.2.A1 G73 1988
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    DC21: 307.720936
    LC classification: GN776.2.A1
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    The University of Chicago Press
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    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    01 December 1988
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Susal Alling Gregg is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Washington.