The Origins of Agriculture in the Near East

  title={The Origins of Agriculture in the Near East},
  author={Melinda A. Zeder},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S221 - S235}
  • M. Zeder
  • Published 23 August 2011
  • Environmental Science
  • Current Anthropology
The emerging picture of plant and animal domestication and agricultural origins in the Near East is dramatically different from that drawn 16 years ago in a landmark article by Bar-Yosef and Meadow. While in 1995 there appeared to have been at least a 1,500-year gap between plant and animal domestication, it now seems that both occurred at roughly the same time, with initial management of morphologically wild future plant and animal domesticates reaching back to at least 11,500 cal BP, if not… 

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