The Evolution of Farming

The evolution of human subsistence economies has always been a major topic of anthropological interest. Within this domain the transition from foraging to farming and the emergence of horti-cultural/agricultural economies has occupied a central place. One of the most intriguing issues concerns the relative simultaneity with which different crops were ?rst cultivated around the world; a situation that produced the view that the adoption of agriculture was a revolution. So signi?cant was this “Neolithic Revolution” that it came to embody the foundations of civilization.

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