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First Farmers: The Origins of Agricultural Societies

First Farmers: The Origins of Agricultural Societies
Author: Peter Bellwood
ISBN 13: 9780631205661
ISBN 10: 631205667
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2004-11-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $52.95

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.