Spengler III, Robert N.
Tarasov, Pavel E.
For well over a century, scholars from across the social and biological
sciences have been trying to understand the origins and spread of agriculture.
This debate is often intertwined with discussions of climate change and human
environmental impact. Over the past decade, this debate has spread into
Central Eurasia, from western China to Ukraine and southern Russia to
Turkmenistan, a part of the world often thought to have been largely dominated
by pastoralists. A growing interest in the prehistory of Central Eurasia has
spurred a new chapter in the origins of agriculture debate; archaeobotanical
research is showing how important farming practices in this region were in
regard to the spread of crops across the Old World. While early people living
in Central Eurasia played an influential role in shaping human history, there
is still limited understanding of the trajectories of social evolution among
these populations. In March 2015, 30 leading scholars from around the globe
came together in Berlin, Germany, to discuss the introduction and
intensification of agriculture in Central Eurasia and adjacent regions. At the
German Archaeological Institute in Berlin (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut,
DAI), these scholars presented novel data on topics covering East, South, and
Central Asia, spanning a wide realm of methodological approaches. The present
special edition volume deals with a selection of the papers given at this
conference, and it marks a significant step toward recognizing the
contribution of Central Eurasian populations in the spread and development of
agricultural systems over the course of the Holocene.
500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik::550 Geowissenschaften, Geologie
Introduction to the Special Issue: "Introduction and intensification of
agriculture in Central Eurasia and adjacent regions"
The Holocene. - 26 (2016), 10, S. 1523-1526
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