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Author Bellwood, Peter, 1943-

Title First farmers : the origins of agricultural societies / Peter Bellwood
Published Malden, Mass. ; Oxford : Blackwell, [2005]


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Description xix, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents The early farming dispersal hypothesis in perspective -- The origins and dispersals of agriculture : some operational considerations -- The beginnings of agriculture in Southwest Asia -- Tracking the spreads of farming beyond the Fertile Crescent : Europe and Asia -- Africa : an independent focus of agricultural development? -- The beginnings of agriculture in East Asia -- The spread of agriculture into Southeast Asia and Oceania -- Early agriculture and its spread in the Americas -- What do language families mean for human prehistory? --The spread of farming : comparing the archaeology and the linguistics -- Genetics, skeletal anthropology, and the people factor -- The nature of early agricultural expansion
Summary "First Farmers examines the reasons for the multiple primary origins of agriculture, looks at relations between hunter-gatherers and farmers, and addresses issues of agricultural adoption, the origins and dispersal histories of language families, and the dispersal histories of biological populations. Bellwood offers discussion of regional agricultural origins in, and dispersals out of, these areas: the Middle East, central Africa, China, New Guinea, Mesoamerica, and the northern Andes. The linguistic survey covers the origins and dispersals of major language families such as Indo-European, Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan, Niger-Congo, and Uto-Aztecan."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-349) and index
Subject Agriculture -- Origin.
Agriculture, Prehistoric.
Plants, Cultivated -- Origin.
LC no. 2004003944
ISBN 0631205659 (hc : alk. paper)
0631205667 (alk. paper)
Other Titles First farmers