Title

Agriculture, Procurement, Processing, and Storage

Document Type

Encyclopedia Entry

Publication Date

2015

Department

Archaeology

Language

English

Publication Title

Archaeology of Food : An Encyclopedia

Abstract

Agriculture is a form of subsistence in which humans primarily raise domesticated plants or animals for food or secondary products rather that procuring them from the wild. Agriculture developed independently and spread in many regions around the world. As a result, a great diversity of agricultural strategies emerged to maintain and intensify production across a wide range of ecological settings and for a variety of social and political purposes. In order to grasp the multitude of past agricultural practices, archaeologists employ numerous methods from landscape reconstruction to examination of microscopic plant remains. Various scales of agricultural practice are discussed in this entry, along with the range of methodological approaches and evidence available to archaeologists interested in studying ancient farming.

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