On Trade and Assimilation in European Agricultural Origins


  • Daniel Tangri University of Sydney






The article by Runnels and van Andel on 'Trade and the Origins of Agriculture' JMA 1.1 is significant because it represents the latest of many 'explanations' for the origins of agriculture. The authors follow those who have proposed that agriculture rose from the intensification of trade networks and of the social relations of production (e.g. Ames 1985; Bender 1978, 1981; Davidson 1986; Ingold 1980; Price and Brown 1985 - though the authors mistakenly argue that Bender assigns a 'causal role in the emergence of agricultural societies to demographic factors' - 1988;85). The aim of this comment is to examine the authors' hypothesis and their potential applicability to explanations of the emergence of agriculture in Europe.

Author Biography

Daniel Tangri, University of Sydney

Daniel Tangri is a Research Assistant in the Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney where he completed a B.A. (Honours) in 1988. He has excavated in Egypt and Greece. His research interests include the history and philosophy of archaeology, hunter-gatherer archaeology, Mediterranean Neolithic archaeology, and Egyptian prehistory.



How to Cite

Tangri, D. (1989). On Trade and Assimilation in European Agricultural Origins. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 2(1), 139–148. https://doi.org/10.1558/jmea.v2i1.29770



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