Agricultural Origins: Centers and Noncenters

@article{Harlan1971AgriculturalOC,
  title={Agricultural Origins: Centers and Noncenters},
  author={J. Harlan},
  journal={Science},
  year={1971},
  volume={174},
  pages={468 - 474}
}
  • J. Harlan
  • Published 1971
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Science
I propose the theory that agriculture originated independently in three different areas and that, in each case, there was a system composed of a center of origin and a noncenter, in which activities of domestication were dispersed over a span of 5,000 to 10,000 kilometers. One system includes a definable Near East center and a noncenter in Africa; another system includes a North Chinese center and a noncenter in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific; the third system includes a Mesoamerican… Expand
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