Manure Matters: Historical, Archaeological and Ethnographic by Richard Jones

By Richard Jones

In pre-industrial societies, during which nearly all of the inhabitants lived without delay off the land, few matters have been extra vital than the upkeep of soil fertility. with out entry to biodegradable wastes from construction tactics or to man made agrochemicals, early farmers continually constructed innovations aimed toward including dietary worth to their fields utilizing in the neighborhood on hand average fabrics. Manure fairly mattered, its collection/creation, garage, and spreading changing into significant preoccupations for all agriculturalists it doesn't matter what surroundings they labored or at what interval. This ebook brings jointly the paintings of a bunch of overseas students engaged on social, cultural, and fiscal concerns when it comes to prior manure and manuring. members use textual, linguistic, archaeological, clinical and ethnographic proof because the foundation for his or her analyses. The scope of the papers is temporally and geographically wide; they span the Neolithic via to the fashionable interval and canopy stories from the center East, Britain and Atlantic Europe, and India. jointly they enable us to discover the signatures that manure and manuring have left in the back of, and the great variety of attitudes that experience surrounded either substance and task long ago and present.

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