Old World globalization and the Columbian exchange: comparison and contrast

  title={Old World globalization and the Columbian exchange: comparison and contrast},
  author={Nicole Boivin and Dorian Q. Fuller and Alison Crowther},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={452 - 469}
Abstract A recent paper by Jones et al. (Food globalization in prehistory, World Archaeology, 2011, 43(4), 665–75) explores a prehistoric ‘Trans-Eurasian’ episode of food globalization characterized by the long-distance exchange of starch crops. Drawing upon a comparison to the Columbian Exchange, they emphasize the role of fast-growing crops in optimizing productivity, giving minimal consideration to other drivers. Here we re-evaluate the sequence and timing of the Trans-Eurasian exchange and… 
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