Jan 22 - Wenke and Olszewski 228-246

Theories concerning the origins of agriculture, reading questions. Wenke and Olszewski, pp. 228-246.

Answer two of the following three questions in a two part answer of no more than 400 words.

1. Discuss the logical fallacy of attributing human intentionality to food domestication. Is there a single linear process of domestication through plant / animal selection by humans that reflects the needs of sedentary communities in different parts of the world?

2. What are the major differences between the Natural Habitat Hypothesis examined by Braidwood and the model proposed by Brian Hayden? With Hayden’s model consider both the diet-change and the feasting (discussed later in the reading) aspects of his model.

3. What is the relationship between human fertility rates and food storage in anthropological models concerning early plant and animal domestication?