The Slow Birth of Agriculture

  title={The Slow Birth of Agriculture},
  author={Heather Anne Pringle},
  pages={1446 - 1446}
  • H. Pringle
  • Published 20 November 1998
  • Economics, History, Geography
  • Science
New techniques for tracing the rise of farming are contradicting the view that cities and agriculture emerged together in a single "Neolithic Revolution." Tiny plant fossils are allowing archaeologists to spot the first signs of crop domestication thousands of years earlier than had been thought, and to find them in unexpected places, such as the South American rainforest. In many regions, settlements came thousands of years after crops, while in others, villages appear long before intensive… 
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