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Title Manure matters : historical, archaeological and ethnographic perspectives / edited by Richard Jones.
Imprint Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2012.

Subject Agriculture, Prehistoric.
Manures -- History.
Land settlement patterns, Prehistoric.
Alt Name Jones, Richard, 1969-
Description 1 online resource (xi, 249 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-232) and index.
Summary "In pre-industrial societies in which the majority of the population lived directly off the land, few issues were more important than the maintenance of soil fertility. Manure really mattered, as without access to biodegradable wastes from production processes or to synthetic agrochemicals, early farmers continuously developed strategies aimed at adding nutritional value to their fields using locally available natural materials. In this book, international scholars working on social, cultural, and economic issues relating to past manure and manuring, use textual, linguistic, archaeological, scientific and ethnographic evidence as the basis for their analyses. The scope of the papers is temporally and geographically broad; they span the Neolithic through to the modern period and cover studies from the Middle East, Britain and Atlantic Europe, and India. Together they allow us to explore the signatures that manure and manuring have left behind, and the vast range of attitudes that have surrounded both substance and activity in the past and present"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; List of Contributors; 1 Why Manure Matters; 2 Science and Practice: The Ecology of Manure in Historical Retrospect; 3 Middening and Manuring in Neolithic Europe; 4 (Re)cycles of Life in Late Bronze Age Southern Britain; 5 Organic Geochemical Signatures of Ancient Manure Use; 7 Manure and Middens in English Place-Names; 8 The Formation of Anthropogenic Soils Across Three Marginal Landscapes; 9 Zibl and Zira'a: Coming to Terms with Manure in Arab Agriculture; 10 Understanding Medieval Manure
11 Lost Souls: Ethnographic Observations on Manuring Practices in a Mediterranean Community12 Manure, Soil and the Vedic Literature; Postscript; Bibliography; Index
Note English.
ISBN 9781409445562 (electronic bk.)
1409445569 (electronic bk.)
9780754669883 (hbk.)
0754669882 (hbk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613600394
OCLC # 779161372
Additional Format Print version: Manure matters. Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2012 9780754669883 (DLC) 2011043231 (OCoLC)761481962

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