Seeking a Richer Harvest

An introduction to the archaeology of subsistence intensification, innovation, and change
  • Tina L. Thurston
  • Christopher T. Fisher
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 3)


In current times, intensification is most often discussed in terms of feeding the world’s poor, counteracting globalization, or improving the balance of trade, issues earnestly debated by economists, geographers, development experts, and agricultural soil scientists, chemists, and the like (i.e. Bashaasha et al. 2001, Bebbington 1997, Byerlee et al., 1997, FitzSimmons 1986, Pingali 1989, Smith et al., 1994). When one speaks to current farmers, the voices are more immediate, if sometimes ambivalent (Bennett and Warrington 2003a). Some praise intensification and the coming of the “new” while others damn it, still others point out both successes and failures with the introduction of ‘scientific’ farming.


Prime Mover Population Pressure Agricultural Intensification American Anthropologist Subsistence Strategy 
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  • Tina L. Thurston
    • 1
  • Christopher T. Fisher
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyState University of New York at BuffaloBuffalo
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyColorado State University Fort Collins

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