Old World globalization and the Columbian exchange: Comparison and contrast

Boivin, Nicole, Fuller, Dorian Q. and Crowther, Alison (2012) Old World globalization and the Columbian exchange: Comparison and contrast. World Archaeology, 44 3: 452-469. doi:10.1080/00438243.2012.729404

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Author Boivin, Nicole
Fuller, Dorian Q.
Crowther, Alison
Title Old World globalization and the Columbian exchange: Comparison and contrast
Journal name World Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-8243
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00438243.2012.729404
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 452
End page 469
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract A recent paper by Jones et al. (Food globalization in prehistory, World Archaeology, 2011, 43(4), 665-75) explores a prehistoric 'Trans-Eurasian' episode of food globalization characterized by the long-distance exchange of starch crops. Drawing upon a comparison to the Columbian Exchange, they emphasize the role of fast-growing crops in optimizing productivity, giving minimal consideration to other drivers. Here we re-evaluate the sequence and timing of the Trans-Eurasian exchange and give greater consideration to the social dimensions of plant translocation. We outline a model for thinking about plant translocations that highlights the way the conceptualization and use of introduced plants changes through time, with social factors frequently dominating in the early stages.
Keyword Africa
Bronze Age
Crop exchanges
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Collection: School of Social Science Publications
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