By Dr Jones Richard

In pre-industrial societies, during which nearly all of the inhabitants lived at once off the land, few concerns have been extra very important than the upkeep of soil fertility. with no entry to biodegradable wastes from creation techniques or to artificial agrochemicals, early farmers constantly built techniques aimed toward including dietary worth to their fields utilizing in the neighborhood on hand typical fabrics. Manure quite mattered, its collection/creation, garage, and spreading changing into significant preoccupations for all agriculturalists it doesn't matter what atmosphere they labored or at what period.

This ebook brings jointly the paintings of a bunch of foreign students engaged on social, cultural, and fiscal concerns on the subject of prior manure and manuring. members use textual, linguistic, archaeological, medical and ethnographic proof because the foundation for his or her analyses. The scope of the papers is temporally and geographically vast; they span the Neolithic via to the trendy interval and canopy experiences from the center East, Britain and Atlantic Europe, and India. jointly they permit us to discover the signatures that manure and manuring have left at the back of, and the giant variety of attitudes that experience surrounded either substance and task long ago and current.

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