Agriculture in History (Magill's Choice) 3 vol set by R. Kent Rasmussen

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Feudalism, the larger political and military framework that included manorialism, was based on a system of personal loyalties and territorial arrangements. Local landlords allowed peasants, or serfs, to reside in manorial villages and perform agricultural and other tasks in exchange for various services. Peasant agriculture in the post-Roman world was labor intensive, and physical mobility was circumscribed. Peasant life and work revolved around a religious and agricultural calendar. Plowing and general hauling were accomplished with oxen.

For settled populations, pottery also provided creative storage options not only for food, but also for fermented drinks of alcohol, medicinal brews, and herbal products. Pots could be heated to high temperatures, unlike wooden or leather holding vessels; other containers such as the vessels made from animal skins, gourds, and wood that preceded ceramic wares were less durable and less varied in size and shape than the earthenwares could be, and thus ceramics allowed more choice, diversity, and creativity.

Griffin-Pierce, Trudy. Native Peoples of the Southwest. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000. Comprehensive account of modern Native American groups, with particular attention to ways in which they continue cultural traditions inherited from their ancient ancestors. Jennings, Jesse D. Danger Cave. Reprint. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1999. Excavation report for one of the important Cochise culture sites, first published in 1957. Long renowned as a model of well-controlled archaeological excavation in difficult circumstances.

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