First Farmers: The Origins of Agricultural Societies
November 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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First Farmers: the Origins of Agricultural Societies offers readers an understanding of the origins and histories of early agricultural populations in all parts of the world.
- Uses data from archaeology, comparative linguistics, and biological anthropology to cover developments over the past 12,000 years
- Examines the reasons for the multiple primary origins of agriculture
- Focuses on agricultural origins in and dispersals out of the Middle East, central Africa, China, New Guinea, Mesoamerica and the northern Andes
- Covers the origins and dispersals of major language families such as Indo-European, Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan, Niger-Congo and Uto-Aztecan