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date: 18 January 2019

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In this chapter it is argued that an alternative approach for archaeology, namely, utilitarian-perspective archaeology, may be a useful adjunct to more standard protocols for dealing with serious problems facing humanity. The value of utilitarian archaeology is illustrated through consideration of how prehistoric information might help to assure a sustainable agricultural future. Specifically, the archaeological record throughout the world documents: (1) the presence of little known or now extinct crops that might be used in the future, and (2) the diversity of farming strategies that could be models for farming, especially in locations that are now considered marginal for agriculture.

Keywords: farming, crops, utilitarian-perspective archaeology, sustainability, archaeology

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