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The Original Blended Economies

Science  20 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5393, pp. 1447
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5393.1447

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Archaeologists studying ancient cultures are finding new evidence of peoples who did not strictly follow either of the textbook means by which preindustrial societies make a living: farming or hunting and gathering. Recently anthropologists have found vivid examples of a middle way in historic cultures, which offer clues to how such mixed societies might have been organized in the past. For example, some actively planted seeds to supplement their diets of wild game; others simply altered the landscape by various means to change the mix of plants.

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