Book 2002

Droughts, Food and Culture

Ecological Change and Food Security in Africa’s Later Prehistory


ISBN: 978-0-306-46755-4 (Print) 978-0-306-47547-4 (Online)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii

  2. Introduction

    1. Chapter

      Pages 1-9


    2. Chapter

      Pages 11-26

      Palaeoclimate, Food and Culture Change in Africa: An Overview

  3. Climatic Change

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 27-33

    2. Chapter

      Pages 35-46

      Rapid Holocene Climate Changes in the Eastern Mediterranean

    3. Chapter

      Pages 47-63

      Climate During the Late Holocene in the Sahara and the Sahel: Evolution and Consequences on Human Settlement

    4. Chapter

      Pages 65-81

      Late Pleistocene and Holocene Climatic Changes in the Central Sahara. The Case Study of the Southwestern Fezzan, Libya

    5. Chapter

      Pages 83-94

      Late Holocene Climatic Fluctuations and Historical Records of Famine in Ethiopia

    6. Chapter

      Pages 95-104

      Environmental and Human Responses to Climatic Events in West and West Central Africa During the Late Holocene

  4. Plant Cultivation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-110

    2. Chapter

      Pages 111-122

      Regional Pathways to Agriculture in Northeast Africa

    3. Chapter

      Pages 123-155

      From Hunters and Gatherers to Food Producers: New Archaeological and Archaeobotanical Evidence from the West African Sahel

    4. Chapter

      Pages 157-169

      Holocene Climatic Changes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Spread of Food Production from Southwest Asia to Egypt

    5. Chapter

      Pages 171-187

      Sustainable Agriculture in a Harsh Environment: An Ethiopian Perspective

  5. Pastoralism

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 189-194

    2. Chapter

      Pages 195-207

      The Evidence for the Earliest Livestock in North Africa: or Adventures with Large Bovids, Ovicaprids, Dogs and Pigs

    3. Chapter

      Pages 209-223

      Cultural Responses to Climatic Changes in North Africa: Beginning and Spread of Pastoralism in the Sahara

    4. Chapter

      Pages 225-250

      Dry Climatic Events and Cultural Trajectories: Adjusting Middle Holocene Pastoral Economy of the Libyan Sahara

    5. Chapter

      Pages 251-274

      Food Security in Western and Central Africa During The Late Holocene: The Role of Domestic Stock Keeping, Hunting and Fishing

    6. Chapter

      Pages 275-319

      Bovines in Egyptian Predynastic and Early Dynastic Iconography

  6. Conclusion

    1. Chapter

      Pages 321-333

      Conclusion: Ecological Changes and Food Security in the Later Prehistory of North Africa: Looking Forward

  7. Back Matter

    Pages 335-347