The Exploitation of Plant Resources in Ancient Africa

  • Marijke van der Veen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Marijke van der Veen
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hala Barakat, Ahmed Gamal el-Din Fahmy
    Pages 33-46
  4. Edward Biehl, Fred Wendorf, Warren Landry, Asrat Desta, Leilani Watrous
    Pages 47-53
  5. Peter Rowley-Conwy, William Deakin, Charles H. Shaw
    Pages 55-61
  6. Stefanie Kahlheber
    Pages 89-100
  7. Catherine D’Andrea, Diane Lyons, Mitiku Haile, Ann Butler
    Pages 101-122
  8. Ann Butler, Zelealem Tesfay, Catherine D’Andrea, Diane Lyons
    Pages 123-136
  9. Katharina Neumann
    Pages 205-219
  10. Gill Thompson, Ruth Young
    Pages 221-239
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 273-283

About this book


This volume presents a completely new and very substantial body of information about the origin of agriculture and plant use in Africa. All the evidence is very recent and for the first time all this archaeobotanical evidence is brought together in one volume (at present the information is unpublished or published in many disparate journals, confer­ ence reports, monographs, site reports, etc. ). Early publications concerned with the origins of African plant domestication relied almost exclusively on inferences made from the modem distribution of the wild progenitors of African cultivars; there existed virtually no archaeobotanical data at that time. Even as recently as the early 1990s direct evidence for the transition to farming and the relative roles of indigenous versus Near Eastern crops was lacking for most of Africa. This volume changes that and presents a wide range of ex­ citing new evidence, including case studies from Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt, and Sudan, which range in date from 8000 BP to the present day. The volume ad­ dresses topics such as the role of wild plant resources in hunter-gatherer and farming com­ munities, the origins of agriculture, the agricultural foundation of complex societies, long-distance trade, the exchange of foods and crops, and the human impact on local vege­ tation-all key issues of current research in archaeology, anthropology, agronomy, ecol­ ogy, and economic history.


Neolithic Vor- und Frühgeschichte agriculture chromatography food forestry wood

Editors and affiliations

  • Marijke van der Veen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Archaeological StudiesUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterEngland

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