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First Farmers: the Origins of Agricultural Societies offers readers an understanding of the origins and histories of early agricultural populations in all parts of the world. * Uses data from archaeology, comparative linguistics, and biological anthropology to cover developments over the past 12,000 years * Examines the reasons for the multiple primary origins of agriculture * Focuses on agricultural origins in and dispersals out of the Middle East, central Africa, China, New Guinea, Mesoamerica and the northern Andes * Covers the origins and dispersals of major language families such as Indo--European, Austronesian, Sino--Tibetan, Niger--Congo and Uto--Aztecan

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631205654
ISBN-10: 0631205659
Format: Hardback
(266mm x 188mm x 25mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Bellwood

Peter Bellwood is Professor of Archaeology at the Australian National University. He is the author of Examining the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis (co--edited with Colin Renfrew, 2003), Prehistory of the Indo--Malaysian Archipelago (2nd edition 1997), The Polynesians: Prehistory of an Island People (1987), and Man's Conquest of the Pacific: The Prehistory of Southeast Asia and Oceania (1986).

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