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Journal of World Prehistory

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 81–130

First Online: 09 May 2017DOI: 10.1007-s10963-017-9101-z

Cite this article as: Petrie, C.A. & Bates, J. J World Prehist 2017 30: 81. doi:10.1007-s10963-017-9101-z


Past human populations are known to have managed crops in a range of ways. Various methods can be used, singly or in conjunction, to reconstruct these strategies, a process which lends itself to the exploration of socio-economic and political themes. This paper endeavours to unpack the concept of ‘multi-cropping’ by considering diversity and variation in the cropping practices of the populations of South Asia’s Indus Civilisation. It argues that nuanced interpretations of the evidence provided by the combinations of crop seeds and weeds present in specific contexts and phases of occupation can reveal much about Indus cropping strategies, which in turn enables consideration of issues related to adaptation, intensification and resilience in the face of changing social, political, economic and environmental climates.

KeywordsCropping strategies ‘Multi-cropping’ Environmental diversity Adaptation Resilience Indus Civilisation South Asia Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1007-s10963-017-9101-z contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Autor: C. A. Petrie - J. Bates

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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