"This volume is well-presented, with an excellent range of figures and tables, and comprehensive references to existing research in the specified areas. The integration of new methodologies is particularly valuable, as is the integration of new datasets. The chapters are effectively arranged and integrated by the editors, guiding the reader through time and space from origins of animal domestication through to its spread across areas documented, incorporating a massive of data now available in this single volume."
- Sarah Elliott, Archaeological Review from Cambridge
"...this work is an imperative starting point for any future zooarchaeological or archaeological project that deals with the transition to farming in Europe and Southwest Asia, independently of its specific goals or geographical scope."
- ANTÓNIO FAUSTINO CARVALHO, European Journal of Archaeology
"This substantive edited volume contains 16 papers by 36 leading scholars of the Neolithic economies of Southwest Asia and Europe...it is a major contribution to our understanding of the origins of agriculture, which has come to be recognized as one of the foremost transformations in human history. This volume is a synthesis of our current knowledge of the origins and spread of stock-keeping in southwest Asia and Europe and is a superb example of scholarly writing destined for the book shelves of upper level undergraduate and graduate students and their professors rather than the general reading public."
- Laurie Milne, Canadian Journal of Archaeology
" One of the most profound transformations to occur in the course of human evolution was the development of a pastoral culture and the associated domestication of stock animals, which first appeared in the Fertile Crescent as early as the tenth millennium BCE. This transition from a hunter-gatherer society to a herding-agrarian lifestyle had profound effects on the subsequent course of human history, both cultural and biological. This interesting work explores the spatial and temporal dynamics of animal domestication. Contributors examine several controversial and competing theories, based on evidence available in the zooarchaeological record. In considering the spread of animal domestication across Asia and Europe, the book focuses on four species: cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. The relative value of each species varies regionally, largely dependent on local environmental and cultural differences, including the importance of stock animals for food compared to ritual use, and the intrinsic value of primary (meat, bone, marrow, hide) and secondary (milk, wool) products. Although details vary considerably from chapter to chapter, the text is largely accessible to nonspecialists and will be a valuable resource for students of archaeology, prehistory, human evolution, and animal science. Summing Up: Recommended
. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty. "