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Title: Earliest archaeobiological evidence of the broadening agriculture in China recorded at Xishanping site in Gansu Province.
Authors: Li, XQ
Zhou, XY
Zhou, J
Dodson, JR
Zhang, HB
Shang, X
Keywords: Agriculture
China
Crops
Archaeology
Cultivation
Conifers
Issue Date: Nov-2007
Publisher: Science in China Press (SCP)
Citation: Li, X. Q., Zhou, X. Y., Zhou, J., Dodson, J., Zhang, H. B., & Shang, X. (2007). Earliest archaeobiological evidence of the broadening agriculture in China recorded at Xishanping site in Gansu Province. Science in China Series D-Earth Sciences, 50(11), 1707-1714.
Abstract: The crop types and agricultural characteristic are reconstructed using the archaeobiological proxies of pollen, seed and phytolith at Xishanping site in Gansu Province between 5250 and 4300 cal a BP. The agricultural activity strengthened in Xishanping from 5100 cal a BP. It appeared the earliest cultivation of prehistoric rice in the most northwest China at 5070 cal a BP. The sudden disappearance of conifers and expansion of chestnut trees is likely to be the result of selective hewing of conifers and cultivation of chestnuts at about 4600 cal a BP. There existed 8 crop types of foxtail millet, broomcorn millet, rice, wheat, barley, oats, soybean and buckwheat at Xishanping between 4650 and 4300 cal a BP, which cover the main crop types of the two origin centers of East and West Asia. Not only has the wheat and barley been approved to spread to northwestern China, but the earliest complexity agriculture in Neolithic China appeared in Tianshui, Gansu Province. © 2007, Science in China Press (SCP)
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11430-007-0066-0
http://apo.ansto.gov.au/dspace/handle/10238/1989
ISSN: 1006-9313
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