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Lavallee, Daniele. The First South Americans: The Peopling of a Continent from the Earliest Evidence to High Culture. Translated by Paul Bahn. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2000. Archaeological review of the first colonization of South America at the end of the Pleistocene and review of the evidence for early cultural developments leading to later civilizations. Lynch, Thomas. ” In South America, edited by Frank Salomon and Stuart Schwartz. Vol. 3 in The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas.

Van Der Veen, Marijke, ed. The Exploitation of Plant Resources in Ancient Africa. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 1999. Collection of essays on agriculture in ancient Africa. Maps and index. See also: c. 9500-c. : Syria’s Abu Hureyra May Be Earliest Agricultural Settlement; c. 6500-c. : Nilo-Saharan Farmers Spread Cultivation and Herding; c. 6200-c. : Ubaid Culture Begins Mesopotamian Agricultural Communities; c. 5500c. : Halafian Culture Advances Mesopotamian Agriculture; c. : Rise of Sumer Improves Mesopotamian Agriculture.

The shift to complete reliance on domesticates encompassed five millennia, a period in which hunting and foraging remained important. In the lowlands, the slash-and-burn technique was used to clear heavy vegetation; in the highlands, the digging stick remained the primary tool. Ground stone tools (the mano-metate) processed corn into meal. Domesticates (particularly the triad of maize, beans, and squash) provided the nutritional base for Mesoamerican civilizations. The Olmec (c. ) of the humid Gulf Coast farmed the rich soils adjacent to the lowland rivers.

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