The Origins of Agriculture in the Lowland Neotropics


  • Dolores Piperno, Temple University
  • Deborah Pearsall, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA


Upper division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals working in the origins and development of agriculture, including archaeologists, botanists, anthropologists, horticulturists, natural resource managers, plantpathologists, and wildlife managers.


Book information

  • Published: March 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-557180-7


This volume and the two volumes Spectral Analysis and Time Series (Priestley, 1981), constitute an indispensable reference set for time series analysts as well as forecasters...For those economists who study time series, this book should serve as a basic introduction to essential material that has previously been scattered in various works. This book probably represents the most general analytical treatment of the ARMA type approach to non-linear analysis currently available...Priestley, as usual, is clear and succinct. The space he gives to sharing institutions (especially when relating these topics to optimal control problems) and to explanation in both time and frequency domains will be much appreciated by economists. There are detailed subject and author indices, and extensive use of bibliographical references.
--MARJI LINES, University of Udine, Italy, in RICERCHE ECONOMICHE

Table of Contents

Background of Tropical Agricultural Origins.The Neotropical Ecosystem in the Present and the Past.The Phytogeography of Neotropical Crops and Their Putative wild Ancestors.The Evolution of Foraging and Food Production.From Small-Scale Horticulture to the Formative Period: The Development of Agriculture.The Relationship of Neotropical Food Production to Food Production from Other Areas of the World.References.Index of Common and Scientific Plant Names.Subject Index.