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Rivers of Change
Essays on Early Agriculture in Eastern North America

By Bruce D. Smith

Rivers of Change
Paperback, 318 pages £27.00
Published: 1992
ISBN: 9781588340467
Format: 279mm x 216mm
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Subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology, Eliot Werner Publications


Rivers of Change, awarded the James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association, is the first comprehensive consideration of eastern North America as an independent, primary center of plant domestication and agriculture. Focusing on data derived from the expanding discipline of archaeobotany, Bruce D. Smith presents a provocative alternative theory of how prehistoric North American societies developed from hunting and gathering systems to food-producing economies. Smith has written a new preface for this paperback edition.







I. RIVERS OF CHANGE

Chapter 1. Intoduction: Fields of Opportunity, Rivers of Change

II. AN INDEPENDENT CENTER OF PLANT DOMESTICATION

Chapter 2. The Floodplain Weed Theory of Plant Domestication in Eastern North America

Chapter 3. The Independent Domesticationof Indigenous Seed-Bearing Plants in Eastern North America

Chapter 4. Is It an Indigene or a Foreigner?

III. PREMAIZE FARMING ECONOMIES IN EASTERN NORTH AMERICA

Chapter 5. The Role of Chenopodium as a Domesticate in Premaize Garden Systems of the Eastern United States

Chapter 6. Chenopodium berlandieri ssp. Jonesianum: Evidence for a Hopewellian Domesticate form Ash Cave, Ohio

Chapter 7. The Economic Potential of Chenopodium berlandieri in Prehistoric Eastern North America

Chapter 8. The Economic Potential of Iva annua in Prehistoric Eastern North America

Chapter 9. Hopewellian Farmers of Eastern North America

Chapter 10. In Search of <i>Choupichoul</i>, the Mystery Grain of the Natchez

IV. SYNTHESIS

Chapter 11. Origins of Agriculture in Eastern North America

Chapter 12. Prehistoric Plant Husbandry in Eastern North America



'[T]he best single source on the questions, methods, and database pertaining to the origins of plant domestication and food production in eastern North America.' (American Anthropologist)



'[T]he most insightful, broadly cast examination of pre-maize candidates for domestication yet published.' (American Antiquity)



'Smith has put the pieces of the puzzle together and made a compelling case for recognizing the Eastern Woodlands as an independent center of domestication.' (Journal of Anthropological Research)



'This book stands as a major statement by a noted North American archaeologist and is recommended to anyone interested in crop origins.' (Quarterly Review of Biology)



Bruce D. Smith, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.




Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 318 pages
ISBN:
 9781588340467
Format:
 279mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
 1KBBE, HDD, KNAC
BISAC Code:
  BUS070010, SOC003000
Imprint:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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