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The origins of food production in north China: A different kind of agricultural revolution

Bettinger, RL and Barton, L and Morgan, C (2010) The origins of food production in north China: A different kind of agricultural revolution. Evolutionary Anthropology, 19 (1). 9 - 21. ISSN 1060-1538

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By roughly 8,000 calendar years before the present (calBP), hunter-gatherers across a broad swath of north China had begun small-scale farming of broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum) and foxtail millet (Setaria italica).1-6 Accordingtotraditionalwisdom, this early millet farming evolved from the intensive hunter-gatherer adaptation represented by the late Pleistocene microblade tradition of northern China,2,7 termed here the North China Microlithic. The archeological record of this hunter-gatherer connection is poorly documented, however, and as a result the early agricultural revolution in north China is not as well understood as those that occurred in other parts of the world. The Laoguantai site of Dadiwan, in the western Loess Plateau, Gansu Province, PRC, furnishes the first complete record of this transition, which unfolded quite differently from other, better known, agricultural revolutions.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bettinger, RL
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Morgan, C
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 1 January 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Evolutionary Anthropology
Volume: 19
Number: 1
Page Range: 9 - 21
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/evan.20236
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1060-1538
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 18:01
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 12:56


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