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Week Seven: the Beginnings of Human History

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Lecture preparation (week beginning 9 September)

This week you are required to read chapter 8 of Maps of Time, and watch the following video available via the UQ Library:

Tutorial Focus (week beginning 16 September)

This week you are required to assess critically the possible strengths and weaknesses of Jared Diamond's essay, "The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race."

Recommended further reading

The following items in the UQ Library are recommended should you wish to investigate further the subjects explored in this week's lecture and tutorial:

  • Bellwood, Peter. 2005. The first farmers :Origins of agricultural societies. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
  • Bogaard Amy. 2004. Neolithic farming in central europe :An archaeobotanical study of crop husbandry practices. London ; New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Bradley, Richard. 2005. Ritual and domestic life in prehistoric europe. London: Routledge.
  • Cauvin, Jacques, and Trevor Watkins. 2000. The birth of the gods and the origins of agriculture. New studies in archaeology. Cambridge , UK; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Cohen, Mark Nathan, and Gillian Margaret Mountford Crane-Kramer. 2007. Ancient health :Skeletal indicators of agricultural and economic intensification. Bioarchaeological interpretations of the human past. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • Colledge, Sue, James Conolly, and London University College. 2007. The origins and spread of domestic plants in southwest asia and europe. Publications of the institute of archaeology, university college london. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
  • Denham, Tim, and Peter White. 2007. The emergence of agriculture :A global view. One world archaeology readers. London; New York: Routledge.
  • Gebauer, Anne Birgitte, and T. Douglas Price. 1992. Transitions to agriculture in prehistory. Monographs in world archaeology. Vol. 4. Madison, Wis.: Prehistory Press.
  • Hillman, Gordon C. LATE pleistocene changes in wild plant-foods available to hunter-gatherers of the northern fertile crescent : Possible preludes to cereal cultivation.
  • Kennett, Douglas J., and Bruce Winterhalder. 2006. Behavioral ecology and the transition to agriculture. Origins of human behavior and culture. Vol. 1. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Kuijt, Ian. 2000. Life in neolithic farming communities :Social organization, identity, and differentiation. Fundamental issues in archaeology. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  • Lamberg-Karlovsky, C. C. 1979; 1979. Hunters, farmers, and civilizations :Old world archaeology : Readings from scientific american. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.
  • Price, T. Douglas. 2000. Europe's first farmers. New York: Cambridge University press.
  • Price, T. Douglas, and Anne Birgitte Gebauer. 1995. Last hunters - first farmers :New perspectives on the prehistoric transition to agriculture. School of american research advanced seminar series. Sante Fe, N.M.: School of American Research Press.
  • Simmons, Alan H. 2007. The neolithic revolution in the near east :Transforming the human landscape. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
  • Smith, Bruce D. 1995; 1995. The emergence of agriculture. Scientific american library series. New York: Scientific American Library.
  • Zohary, Daniel, and Maria Hopf. 2000. Domestication of plants in the old world :The origin and spread of cultivated plants in west asia, europe, and the nile valley. 3rd ed. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

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