Publisher description for Histories of maize : multidisciplinary approaches to the prehistory, linguistics, biogeography, domestication, and evolution of maize / edited by John E. Staller, Robert H. Tykot, Bruce F. Benz.


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Maize is usually described as the primary economic catalyst to complex sociocultural development in both Mesoamerica and Andean South America. In recent years research on maize DNA have initiated information about ancient human diets, which have in turn provided new ways of considering the origins of agriculture and its spread. The origin of agriculture triggered a long train of economic, political, and technological developments. Histories of Maize provides a single source of information about the genetic, archaeological, and anthropological aspects of ancient maize. Not only will its comprehensive approach make its audience varied, but the book will also have no titles competiting with it. This book provides contexts that many researches lack because of their narrowly-defined research interests, and it offers a single source of high quality summary information that is unavailable elsewhere.

* Introduces the breadth of multidisciplinary research in the archaeological, earth, and biological sciences
* Reveals that cultural roles and economic significance of maize are not just the catalysts to complex sociocultural developments in Mesoamerican and Andean South America
* Provides new information about the importance of maize to pre-Hispanic diets
* Enables readers to follow subjects and related topics through its organization
* Enhances accessibility by means of a consistent article format and extensive index


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Corn -- History.