Maize for the Gods

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Maize is the world's most productive food and industrial crop, grown in more than 160 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. If by some catastrophe maize were to disappear from our food supply chain, vast numbers of people would starve and global economies would rapidly collapse. How did we come to be so dependent on this one plant?Maize for the Gods brings together new research by archaeologists, archaeobotanists, plant geneticists, and a host of other specialists to explore the complex ways that this single plant and the peoples who domesticated it came to be inextricably entangled with one another over the past nine millennia. Tracing maize from its first appearance and domestication in ancient campsites and settlements in Mexico to its intercontinental journey through most of North and South America, this history also tells the story of the artistic creativity, technological prowess, and social, political, and economic resilience of America's first peoples.

Autorentext

Michael Blake is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia who studies the origins of maize agriculture in the Americas and the emergence of sociopolitical complexity in Mesoamerica and the Northwest Coast of Canada. He is the author of Colonization, Warfare, and Exchange at the Postclassic Maya Site of Canajaste, Chiapas, Mexico and the editor of Pacific Latin America in Prehistory.



Klappentext

Maize is the world's most productive food and industrial crop, grown in more than 160 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. If by some catastrophe maize were to disappear from our food supply chain, vast numbers of people would starve and global economies would rapidly collapse. How did we come to be so dependent on this one plant?

Maize for the Gods brings together new research by archaeologists, archaeobotanists, plant geneticists, and a host of other specialists to explore the complex ways that this single plant and the peoples who domesticated it came to be inextricably entangled with one another over the past nine millennia. Tracing maize from its first appearance and domestication in ancient campsites and settlements in Mexico to its intercontinental journey through most of North and South America, this history also tells the story of the artistic creativity, technological prowess, and social, political, and economic resilience of America's first peoples.



Inhalt

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Archaeology of Maize 2. The Place of Maize in (Agri)cultural Origin Stories 3. Old Puzzles and New Questions about Maize's Origins and Spread 4. Timing Is Everything: Dating Maize 5. Maize through a Magnifying Glass: Macroremains 6. Maize through a Microscope: Microremains 7. Elemental Maize: Tracing Maize Isotopically 8. Genetically Modifi ed Maize the Old Way-By Agriculture 9. Daily Tools and Sacred Symbols Notes Glossary References Index Contents

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Produktinformationen

Titel
Maize for the Gods
Untertitel
Unearthing the 9,000-Year History of Corn
Autor
EAN
9780520961692
ISBN
978-0-520-96169-2
Format
E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber
University of California Press
Genre
Geschichte
Veröffentlichung
28.08.2015
Digitaler Kopierschutz
Adobe-DRM
Dateigrösse
12.14 MB
Anzahl Seiten
280
Jahr
2015
Untertitel
Englisch
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