Before Farming

Some reflections on the spread of food-production in southernmost Africa

Before Farming (2004), 2004, (4), 1–14.

Abstract

The spread of food-production in Europe preceded the arrival of farming and herding ways of life in southern Africa by several millennia. Examining the two side-by-side within a comparative context may nonetheless be of value. This paper draws on recent syntheses of the neolithisation of Europe to identify areas within which southern African research on the development and history of food-producing societies, and of their hunter-gatherer predecessors and neighbours, may be developed.

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