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Domestication of Plants in the Old World
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Domestication of Plants in the Old World: The origin and spread of domesticated plants in Southwest Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean Basin

Daniel Zohary, Maria Hopf, and Ehud Weiss


The origin of agriculture is one of the defining events of human history. Some 11,000-10,000 years ago bands of hunter-gatherers started to abandon their high-mobility lifestyles in favour of growing crops, and the creation of settled, sedentary communities. This shift into an agricultural lifestyle triggered the evolution of complex political and economic structures, and technological developments, and ultimately underpinned the rise of all the great civilisations of recent human history. This book reviews and synthesises the information on the origins and domestication of cultivated plants i ... More

Keywords: agriculture, crop growing, sedentary communities, cultivation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199549061
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199549061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Zohary, author
Professor Emeritus, Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Maria Hopf, author
Formerly Head of the Botany Department, Romisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany [deceased]

Ehud Weiss, author
The Institute of Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel