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The Neolithic Demographic Transition and its Consequences

Editors: Bocquet-Appel, Jean-Pierre, Bar-Yosef, Ofer (Eds.)

  • Presents and discusses the consequences and implications of the Neolithic Demographic Transition on a global scale

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Using cemetery data, it has been possible to identify the signature of a previously unknown demographic process associated with the transition from a hunter-gatherer to an agricultural economy.  Characterized by a dramatic increase in the birth rate, and consequently of the population growth rate, over a period of less than a millennium following the transition to agriculture, this global demographic process has been termed the Neolithic Demographic Transition (NDT). The NDT signature has so far been detected in Europe, North America, Mesoamerica and South America.

The methodological innovation which has made possible the identification of the NDT is the use of a relative chronology, fixed to the local onset of the Neolithic. That is, events are considered not in terms of their absolute calendar dates, but rather in terms of their relation to the local date of the transition to agriculture.  This volume presents and discusses the consequences and implications of the NDT on a global scale. Topics include:

  • The causes of the NDT at its onset;
  • Indicators of economic intensification as related to the NDT;
  • Settlement and village practices associated with the pace of the NDT;
  • The emergence of social practices associated with larger population concentrations;
  • The effects of increased population density on human health.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Bocquet-Appel and Bar-Yosef have organized and produced a superb thematic volume that provides a wide variety of applications and perspectives on the NDT" James T. Watson, University of Arizona

“The main strength of this volume is its clear focus on the NDT and related processes. … well suitable … to a readership of advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students in the social sciences and to academics from a wide range of disciplines who are interested in the social, economic and demographic facets of the ‘Neolithic Revolution’. … a highly recommended volume which highlights how interdisciplinary approaches can provide new insight into the study of the Neolithic transition and the great potential of thematic scientific discourse.” (Ron Pinhasi, Human Ecology, Vol. 37 (5), October, 2009)

“The collected papers address the demographic process associated with the transition from a hunter-gatherer economy to an agricultural economy in the Neolithic. … the papers are stimulating, informative and address a myriad of topics associated with population growth, providing food for thought for historians, archaeologists and anthropologists as well as demographers. … provide an extremely stimulating discussion of the implications of the NDT and its consequences, with all due caution and a number of flags raised about a precocious global application.” (Helena Fracchia, Canadian Studies in Population, Vol. 37 (3-4), Fall/Winter, 2010)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Prehistoric Demography in a Time of Globalization

    Bocquet-Appel, Jean-Pierre (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • The Expansions of Farming Societies and the Role of the Neolithic Demographic Transition

    Bellwood, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 13-34

  • Explaining the Neolithic Demographic Transition

    Bocquet-Appel, Jean-Pierre

    Pages 35-55

  • The Signal of the Neolithic Demographic Transition in the Levant

    Guerrero, Emma (et al.)

    Pages 57-80

  • The Nature and Timing of the Neolithic Demographic Transition in the North American Southwest

    Kohler, Timothy A. (et al.)

    Pages 81-105

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eBook $219.00
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Hardcover $279.99
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-7906-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Neolithic Demographic Transition and its Consequences
Editors
  • Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel
  • Ofer Bar-Yosef
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8539-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8539-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8538-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7906-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 542
Topics