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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Michael E.
dc.contributor.authorUr, Jason Alik
dc.contributor.authorFeinman, Gary M.
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-10T21:56:14Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationSmith, Michael E., Jason Ur, and Gary M. Feinman. 2014. “Jane Jacobs’ ‘Cities First’ Model and Archaeological Reality.” Int J Urban Reg Res 38 (4) (April 17): 1525–1535. doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12138.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0309-1317en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:13364827
dc.description.abstractIn The Economy of Cities, Jane Jacobs conjectured that the world's first cities preceded the origins of agriculture, a proposition that was most recently revived by Peter Taylor in the pages of this journal. Jacobs' idea was out of line with extant archaeological findings when first advanced decades ago, and it remains firmly contradicted by a much fuller corpus of data today. After a review of how and why Jacobs formulated her ‘cities first’ model, we review current archaeological knowledge from the Near East, China and Mesoamerica to document the temporal precedence of agriculture before urbanism in each of these regions. Contrary to the opinions of Jacobs and Taylor, archaeological data are in fact sufficiently robust to reconstruct patterns of diet, settlement and social organization in the past, and to assign dates to the relevant sites. Our response illustrates how generations of archaeological discoveries have yielded solid empirical foundations for the evaluation of wider social scientific debates.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipAnthropologyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1111/1468-2427.12138en_US
dash.licenseOAP
dc.subjectJane Jacobsen_US
dc.subjectagricultural originsen_US
dc.subjectdomesticationen_US
dc.subjectearliest citiesen_US
dc.subjecturban revolutionen_US
dc.titleJane Jacobs' ‘Cities First’ Model and Archaeological Realityen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Researchen_US
dash.depositing.authorUr, Jason Alik
dc.date.available2014-11-10T21:56:14Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1468-2427.12138*
dash.contributor.affiliatedUr, Jason


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