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Agricultural Revolutions

David A. Cleveland

in Balancing on a Planet: The Future of Food and Agriculture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520277410
eISBN:
9780520957084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520277410.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The transition from foraging to agriculture—the Neolithic revolution—began about twelve thousand years ago. It changed three basic human relationships—with other species, the environment, and other ... More


12,000–11,700 cal BP: The Collapse of Foraging and Origins of Cultivation in Western Asia

Ofer Bar-Yosef, Miryam Bar-Matthews, and Avner Ayalon

in Megadrought and Collapse: From Early Agriculture to Angkor

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199329199
eISBN:
9780190607920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199329199.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

We take up the question of “why” cultivation was adopted by the end of the Younger Dryas by reviewing evidence in the Levant, a sub-region of southwestern Asia, from the Late Glacial Maximum through ... More


Messy narratives/flexible methodologies

Catherine J. Frieman

in An archaeology of innovation: Approaching social and technological change in human society

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781526132642
eISBN:
9781526161109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526132659.00009
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter explores in greater depth the interpretative tools available to archaeologists interested in innovation and technological change. It begins with an extended discussion of the research ... More


Doctrinal Ritual, Identification, and Social Complexity

Harvey Whitehouse

in The Ritual Animal: Imitation and Cohesion in the Evolution of Social Complexity

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780199646364
eISBN:
9780191840128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199646364.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The doctrinal mode appears to have first emerged in world history with the advent of farming, helping to establish the first truly large-scale societies, in which identification with group categories ... More


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