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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Precolonial Sub-Saharan African Farming and Herding Communities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9936-1310
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1416-436X
2017 (English)In: Oxford Encyclopedia of African HistoryArticle, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Agricultural practices on the African continent are exceptionally diverse and have deep histories spanning at least eight millennia. Over time, farmers and herders have independently domesticated different food crops and a more limited range of animals, and have effectively modified numerous ecological niches to better suit their needs. They have also adopted “exotic” species from other parts of the globe, nurturing these to produce new cross-breeds and varieties better adapted to African conditions. Evidence for the origins of these different approaches to food production and their subsequent entanglement is attested by diverse sources. These include archaeological remains, bio- and geo-archaeological signatures, genetic data, historical linguistics, and processes of landscape domestication.

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precolonial African farming and herding, domestication processes, archaeology of food production, historical linguistics, bio-archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332799DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.70OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-332799DiVA: diva2:1154159
Available from: 2017-11-01 Created: 2017-11-01 Last updated: 2017-11-02

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