Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture: Understanding the Past for the Future. Edited by Scott E. Ingram and Robert C. Hunt. 2015. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson. 392 pp.

Author Biography

Andrew Gillreath-Brown, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, USA.

Andrew Gillreath-Brown is a PhD student at Washington State University interested in prehistoric agriculture, paleoclimatic reconstructions, and human-environmental relationships, situated mostly in the United States Southwest.


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How to Cite
Gillreath-Brown, A. (2016). Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture: Understanding the Past for the Future. Edited by Scott E. Ingram and Robert C. Hunt. 2015. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson. 392 pp. Ethnobiology Letters, 7(1), 99–103.