Subsistence and Society in Prehistory

  title={Subsistence and Society in Prehistory},
  author={Alan K Outram and Amy Bogaard},
Over the last thirty years, new scientific techniques have revolutionised our understanding of prehistoric economies. They enable a sound comprehension of human diet and subsistence in different environments, which is an essential framework for appreciating the rich tapestry of past human cultural variation. This volume first considers the origins of economic approaches in archaeology and the theoretical debates surrounding issues such as 'environmental determinism'. Using globally diverse… Expand
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  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2001
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