The adoption of agriculture: some theoretical and empirical evidence

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 88 Published In Pages: 879-897
By Pryor, Frederic L.


This article investigates the adoption of agriculture. The author tests three possible predictors: environmental richness, population density, and division of labor by gender. Minimal support is found for these variables, and the author proposes two alternative explanations, based on diminishing returns in food production and balancing the food portfolio.

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