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The transition to agriculture at Dadiwan, People's Republic of China

Bettinger, RL and Barton, L and Morgan, C and Chen, F and Wang, H and Guilderson, TP and Ji, D and Zhang, D (2010) The transition to agriculture at Dadiwan, People's Republic of China. Current Anthropology, 51 (5). 703 - 714. ISSN 0011-3204

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Abstract

Recent excavations at the Dadiwan site in the western Loess Plateau, Gansu Province, People's Republic of China (PRC), document the first continuous foraging-to-farming sequence in North China. The Dadiwan occupation began at about 80,000 BP and became regular by about 60,000 BP, probably before the arrival or evolution of modern Homo sapiens in North China. This record spans the transitions from nonintensive to intensive hunting and gathering and from intensive hunting and gathering to low-level Laoguantai food production and finally intensive Late Banpo, Neolithic agriculture. The intensive hunter-gatherer adaptation fromwhich Dadiwan millet agriculture evolved did not develop at Dadiwan itself. Instead, it came south with intensive hunter-gatherer groups migrating out of the arid deserts north of the Yellow River, where the late Pleistocene-early Holocene North China Microlithic was common. © 2010 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bettinger, RL
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Morgan, C
Chen, F
Wang, H
Guilderson, TP
Ji, D
Zhang, D
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 1 October 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Current Anthropology
Volume: 51
Number: 5
Page Range: 703 - 714
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1086/655982
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0011-3204
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 17:12
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/23351

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