One of the major goals of prehistoric archaeological research is to learn how and why men adopted agriculture. My article, like the other contributions in this volume, seeks to describe for one region of the world the conditions and temporal sequence of when prehistoric men became food producers. I approach this problem in five sections, beginning with a discussion of important definitions. There follows the presentation of an analytical model which helps orient future research, and an examination of the major forces associated with the introduction of agriculture. Next, a brief outline of the archaeological evidence from two areas of southwestern Asia is presented. I conclude with a discussion of the chronological order of major inventions in southwestern Asia.
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