Rivers of Change
Essays on Early Agriculture in Eastern North America
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
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.