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Titel: Domestication and Exploitation of Plants and...
Verlag: Duckworth, London
Einband: Soft cover
Zustand: Very Good
607p grey paperback, minor shelfwear, spine slightly sunned, very good condition, from a Cambridge college library. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 142583
Inhaltsangabe: The domestication of plants and animals was one of the greatest steps forward taken by mankind. Although it was first achieved long ago, we still need to know what led to it and how, and even when, it took place. Only when we have this understanding will we be able to appreciate fully the important social and economic consequences of this step. Even more important, an understanding of this achievement is basic to any insight into modern man's relationship to his habitat. A change in methods of investigating these events has taken place, due to the mutual realization by archaeologists and natural scientists that each held part of the key and neither alone had the whole. Inevitably, perhaps, the floodgate that was opened has resulted in a spate of new knowledge, which is scattered in the form of specialist reports in diverse journals. This volume results from presentations at the Institute of Archaeology, London University, discussing the domestication and exploitation of plants and animals. Workers in the archaeological, anthropological, and biological fields attempt to bridge the gap between their respective disciplines through personal contact and discussion. Modern techniques and the result of their application to the classical problems of domestication, selection, and spread of cereals and of cattle are discussed, but so are comparable problems in plants and animals not previously considered in this context.
Rezension: "This is an extraordinarily heterogeneous volume of papers read to a research seminar in archaeology and related subjects held at the Institute of Archaeology of London University. . . . [I]t should be consulted by all those interested in the history of vegetation and land use." --A. D. Q. Agnew, Journal of Ecology "One theme of the merit of an ecological approach to archaeology runs through all the papers. This must be welcome to all ecologists. . . those interested in the inter-relationship between man and organisms would undoubtedly benefit from this work. . . . It is. . . a book to recommend to your librarian." --M. D. Hooper, Journal of Applied Ecology "The overall aspect of the book is pleasing: it is a handsome production quite in keeping with the standards that The Aldine Publishing Company has maintained. . . . I applaud the efforts of the editors and publishers in placing this interesting compilation on the market." --Ellis L. Yochelson, Systematic Zoology "This book will go far towards showing the historian his limitations in technical knowledge and towards showing the biologist his limitations in the field of historical methods." --H. J. Hine, Man "[T]his volume will remain an important signpost along the winding track towards an understanding of one of the most decisive, revolutionary episodes in man's long development." --Robert McC. Adams, The Economic History Review "This is an important group of papers concerning problems surrounding the study of the development of a controlled food supply." --Robert H. Dyson, Jr., American Anthropologist "This is the best compilation available on the many ways to study the domestication, use, and evolution of plants and animals. . . . It is a valuable reference work, but almost any chapter will make a casual reader view the diverse products in his supermarket with new interest." --Hugh C. Cutler, American Scientist "I would recommend the book to any one interested in the fields of paleobotany, paleozoology, and paleoanthropology for it contains a wealth of concrete information." --James L. Phillips, Ecology "This handsome volume of 51 short papers is the fruit of the Research Seminar in Archaeology and Related Subjects held on May 18 and 19, 1968, at the Institute of Archaeology, London University, to promote interdisciplinary contact between workers in archaeology, anthropology and biology." --Francis D. Hole, The Quarterly Review of Biology
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