Why Did Foragers Become Farmers?
This book 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, integrating an array of information from archaeology and other disciplines including anthropology, botany, climatology, genetics, linguistics, and zoology.
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?