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Introduction

  • Marijke van der Veen
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Abstract

This book brings together the most recent evidence for the exploitation of plant resources in ancient Africa. It presents case studies from the West African Sahel, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt and Sudan, which range in date from 8000 BP to the present day (Figure 1). The volume addresses topics such as the role of wild plant resources in hunter-gatherer and farming communities, the origins of agriculture, the agricultural foundation of complex societies, long-distance trade and exchange of foods and crops, and the human impact on local vegetation—all key issues of current research in archaeology, anthropology, agronomy, ecology and economic history.

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Pearl Millet Finger Millet Emmer Wheat Plant Macrofossil Wood Charcoal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marijke van der Veen
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  1. 1.School of Archaeological StudiesUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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