Two Oxen Ahead: Pre-Mechanized Farming in the Mediterranean

Two Oxen Ahead: Pre-Mechanized Farming in the Mediterranean

Author(s): Paul Halstead

Published Online: 11 FEB 2014 08:36PM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405192835

Online ISBN: 9781118819333

DOI: 10.1002/9781118819333

About this Book

This revealing study shows how careful analysis of recent farming practices, and related cultural traditions, in communities around the Mediterranean can enhance our understanding of prehistoric and Greco-Roman societies.

  • Includes a wealth of original interview material and data from field observation
  • Provides original approaches to understanding past farming practices and their social contexts
  • Offers a revealing comparative perspective on Mediterranean societies' agronomy
  • Identifies a number of previously unrecorded climate-related contrasts in farming practices, which have important socio-economic significance
  • Explores annual tasks, such as tillage and harvest; inter-annual land management techniques, such as rotation; and intergenerational issues, including capital accumulation

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