The Origins of Agriculture: New Data, New Ideas

  title={The Origins of Agriculture: New Data, New Ideas},
  author={T. Price and O. Bar-Yosef},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S163 - S174}
This introduction to the symposium and to this issue of Current Anthropology attempts to provide some sense of the topic, the meeting itself, the participants, and some of the initial results. Our symposium brought together a diverse international group of archaeological scientists to consider a topic of common interest and substantial anthropological import—the origins of agriculture. The group included individuals working in most of the places where farming began. This issue is organized by… Expand
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