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The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture : New Studies in Archaeology - Jacques Cauvin

The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture

New Studies in Archaeology

By: Jacques Cauvin, Trevor Watkins (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 27th July 2000
ISBN: 9780521651356
Number Of Pages: 288

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This innovative study analyzes the great cultural and economic changes occurring in the Near East between 10,000 and 7,000 BC as Palaeolithic societies of hunter-gatherers gave way to village communities of Neolithic food-producers. Challenging the orthodox, materialist interpretations, and drawing on French theories of mentalities, Jacques Cauvin argues that the Neolithic revolution must be understood as an intellectual transformation, revealing itself above all in symbolic activities. He describes the emergence of the first agricultural villages, pastoralism and nomadism, and the diffusion of Neolithic ideas and practice to the region's periphery.

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'This important book gives the best available overview of the evidence in this significant field ... and it offers clearly and persuasively an entirely fresh insight into the Neolithic Revolution.' Professor Colin Renfrew, on the original French edition

The Origins of Agriculture
Natural environment and human cultures on the eve of the Neolithic
The first pre-agricultural villages: the Natufians
The revolution in symbols and the origins of Neolithic religion
The first farmers: socio-cultural context
The first farmers: strategies of subsistence
Agriculture, demography, society: taking stock
The Neolithic Revolution: a transformation of the mind
The Beginnings of Neolithic Diffusion
Geographical and chronological framework for the first stages of diffusion
The birth of a culture in the northern Levant and the neolithisation of eastern Anatolia
Diffusion in the central and southern Levant
The elements of symbolism in the southern Levant
The dynamics of a dominant culture
The Great Exodus
The problem of Neolithic diffusion
The achievement of neolithisation in the 'Levantine core'
The arrival of farmers on the Levantine coast and in Cyprus
The first villagers push east: the eastern Jezirah and the Syrian desert
Pastoral nomadism
Hypotheses for the spread of farming
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ISBN: 9780521651356
ISBN-10: 0521651352
Series: New Studies in Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th July 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.72

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