From Foragers to Farmers: Papers in Honour of Gordon C. Hillman [Hardback]

Andrew S. Fairbairn (Editor); Ehud Weiss (Author)

ISBN: 9781842173541 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2009 | Language: English 298p, b/w illus & tbls throughout

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From Foragers to Farmers


This volume celebrates the career of archaebotanist Professor Gordon C. Hillman. Twenty-eight papers cover a wide range of topics reflecting the great influence that Hillman has had in the field of archaeobotany. Many of his favourite research topics are covered, the body of the text being split into four sections: Personal reflections on Professor Hillman's career; archaeobotanical theory and method; ethnoarchaeological and cultural studies; and ancient plant use from sites and regions around the world. The collection demonstrates, as Gordon Hillman believes, that the study of archaebotany is not only valuable, but vital for any study of humanity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In honour of Professor Gordon C. Hillman
Publications of Gordon C. Hillman
Personal Reflections:
1. Gordon Hillman and the development of archaeobotany at and beyond the London Institute of Archaeology (David R. Harris)
2. Gordon Hillman, Abu Hureyra and the development of agriculture (Andrew M. T. Moore)
3. Gordon Hillman's pioneering influence on Near Eastern archaeobotany, a personal appraisal (George Willcox)
Theory and Method:
4. On the potential for spring sowing in the ancient Near East (Mark A. Blumler and J. Giles Waines)
5. Domestication and the dialectic: Archaeobotany and the future of the Neolithic Revolution in the Near East (Joy McCorriston)
6. Agriculture and the development of complex societies: An archaeobotanical agenda (Dorian Q Fuller and Chris J Stevens)
7. Dormancy and the plough: Weed seed biology as an indicator of agrarian change in the first millennium AD (Martin Jones)
Ethnobotany and Experiment:
8. Wild Plant Foods: Routine dietary supplements or famine foods? (Fusun Ertug)
9. Acorns as food in southeast Turkey: Implications for prehistoric subsistence in Southwest Asia (Sarah Mason and Mark Nesbitt)
10. Water chestnuts (Trapa natans L.) as controversial plants: Botanical, ethno-historical and archaeological evidence (Ksenija Borojevic)
11. Evidence of domestication in the Old World grain legumes (Ann Butler)
12. Einkorn (Triticum monococcum L.) cultivation in mountain communities of the western Rif (Morocco): An ethnoarchaeological project (Leonor Pena-Chocarro, Lydia Zapata Pena, Jesus Emilio Gonzalez-Urquijo and Juan Jose Ibanez Estevez)
13. The importance and antiquity of frikkeh: A simple snack or a socio-economic indicator of decline and prosperity in the ancient Near East? (Amr Al Azm)
14. The doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica) in South Arabia: Past and present (Dominique de Moulins and Carl Phillips)
15. Harvesting experiments on the clonal helophyte sea club-rush (Bolboschoemus maritimus (L.) Palla): An approach to identifying variables that may have influenced hunter-gatherer resource selection in Late Pleistocene Southwest Asia (Michele Wollstonecroft)
16. Aspects of the archaeology of the Irish keyhole-shaped corn-drying kiln with particular reference to archaeobotanical studies and archaeological experiments (Michael A. Monk and Ellen Kelleher)
17. Glimpsing into a hut: The economy and Society of Ohalo II's inhabitants (Ehud Weiss)
18. Reconstruction of local woodland vegetation and use of firewood at two Epipalaeolithic cave sites in southwest Anatolia (Turkey) (Daniele Martinoli)
19. Vegetation and subsistence of the Epipalaeolithic in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt: Charcoal and macro-remains from Masara sites (Ursula Thanheiser)
20. The uses of Eryngium yuccifolium by Native American people (Marie Scott Standifer, Jenna Tedrick Kuttruff and Shirley Cotter Tucker)
21. Bananas: Towards a revised prehistory (Jean Kennedy)
22. The advance of agriculture in the coastal zone of East Asia (Elena A. Sergusheva and Yury E. Vostretsov)
23. Knossos, Crete: Invaders, 'sea-goers', or previously 'invisible', the Neolithic plant economy appears fully-fledged in 9,000 BP (Anaya Sarpaki)
24. Reconstructing the ear morphology of ancient small-grain wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. parvicoccum) (M. E. Kislev)
25. The KHALUB-tree in Mesopotamia: Myth or Reality? (Naomi F. Miller and Alhena Gadotti)
26. The archaeobotany of cotton (Gossypium sp. L.) in Egypt and Nubia with special reference to Qasr Ibrim, Egyptian Nubia (A. J. Clapham and P. A. Rowley-Conwy)
27. Questions of continuity: Fodder and fuel use in Bronze Age Egypt (Mary Anne Murray)
28. Food and culture: The plant foods from Roman and Islamic Quseir, Egypt (Marijke van der Veen, Jacob Morales and Alison Cox)

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