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Neolithic Farming in Central Europe : An Archaeobotanical Study of Crop Husbandry Practices - Amy Bogaard

Neolithic Farming in Central Europe

An Archaeobotanical Study of Crop Husbandry Practices

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Published: 16th September 2004
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Neolithic Farming in Central Europe examines the nature of the earliest crop cultivation, a subject that illuminates the lives of Neolithic farming families and the day-to-day reality of the transition from hunting and gathering to farming.

Debate surrounding the nature of crop husbandry in Neolithic central Europe has focussed on the permanence of cultivation, its intensity and its seasonality: variables that carry different implications for Neolithic society.

Amy Bogaard reviews the archaeological evidence for four major competing models of Neolithic crop husbandry - shifting cultivation, extensive plough cultivation, floodplain cultivation and intensive garden cultivation - and evaluates charred crop and weed assemblages.

Her conclusions identify the most appropriate model of cultivation, and highlight the consequences of these agricultural practices for our understanding of Neolithic societies in central Europe.

"This would be an enormously important and I am sure very widely read addition to the literature on the European Neolithic." - Alastair Whittle, Cardiff University

Introduction
The study area and its archaeological background
Models of crop husbandry in Neolithic central Europe
The key variables of permanence, intensity and seasonality and their wider implications
Archaeobotanical, ecological and statistical methodology
Testing the four major crop husbandry models
Identification of separate ecological gradients and specific crop husbandry practices
Conclusions: Neolithic farming in Central Europe
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ISBN: 9780415324854
ISBN-10: 0415324858
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 16th September 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1