Agriculture in the
Angeletti, Roberta, The Cave Painter of
Lascaux (A Journey Through Time), Oxford, 1999. (Grades 1-3)
A child wanders away from her classmates and meets up with a tour
guide dressed as a cave man. The characters tell readers
about the people who painted the animals in the Lascaux Cave and
what the paintings meant to them.
Arnold, Caroline, Stone
Age Farmers Beside the Sea: Scotland's Prehistoric Village of Skara
Brae, Clarion, 1996. (Grades 4-7)
A clear and
informative text and revealing photographs offer readers a complete
picture of life in the prehistoric Scottish Village of Skara Brae,
where the community farmed, herded, hunted, and fished from 3100
B.C. to 2500 B.C.
Brooks, Felicity, Bond, Shirley, Cook,
Janet, Evans, Cheryl, Gower, Teri, Smith, Guy, Lyon, Chris Lyon,
Living Long Ago: Food and Eating, Usborne (Grades K-3).
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw, Mystery of the Lascaux
1998. (Grades 4-7)
The author discusses what is known, surmised, or
guessed about the Magdalenian peoples who produced this burst of
art in the form of engraved and colored bulls, bison, horses, and
other animals that flow and posture along the cave's walls and
ceilings. Includes informative sidebars, time lines, maps, and
Woods, Michael, and Mary B. Woods,
Ancient Agriculture: From Foraging to Farming, Runestone,
2000. (Grades 3-6).
Overview that includes a
general chapter on the Stone Age as well as chapters on ancient
America, Greece, and Rome. Focuses on basic agricultural information
while offering plenty of interesting and detailed asides. Well-placed
and well-captioned full-color photographs and reproductions enhance
the text; chapter openers and sidebars are set off on parchmentlike
backgrounds. A useful map at the beginning of the book shows the
geographical areas where the cultures flourished as well as the
time frames for each civilization.
Woods, Michael, and Mary B. Woods, Ancient Agricultural Technology: From Sickles to Plows (Technology in Ancient Cultures, 21st Century, 2011. (Young Adult)
Ancient Romans invented a machine to harvest grain and farmers in ancient China destroyed pests that harmed crops by brining in natural predators. The ancient Mayans restored nutrients to the soil by planting corn and beans together. People learned to farm more than 12,000 years ago. The first farmers used simple technology. They carried water to their crops by hand. They made farm tools from wood and animals bones. Over the centuries, ancient farmers devised better technology. Ancient Middle Easterners learned to breed sheep to produce different colors of wool. The ancient Chinese learned how to gro more rice using irrigation techniques. The ancient Greeks built machines for pumping water, grinding grain and crushing grapes and olives. What kinds of crops did ancient farmers grow? What kinds of animals did they raise? And how did people get their food before agriculture?