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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

Millets, Rice and Farmers

Phytoliths as indicators of agricultural, social and ecological change in Neolithic and Bronze Age Central China

£41.00
Author:
Alison Ruth Weisskopf
Publication Year:
2014
Language:
English
Paperback:
186pp. Illustrated throughout. With additional material online (Phytolith reference collection)
ISBN 10:
1407312170
ISBN:
9781407312170
BAR number:
S2589
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Central China was the scene of important cultural developments which impacted on agricultural practices and local vegetation. Using phytolith data from archaeological sites in Henan, this study investigates changing crop choices, from broomcorn millet to foxtail millet to rice. Crop processing stages were interpreted by examination of differing proportions of phytoliths from crop husks, weed husks and crop and weed leaves to illustrate cultivation systems, harvesting and processing methods. The results suggest more successful agricultural practices and possible changes in social organisation in the Late Neolithic. Phytolith data was also used to understand impacts of these changes on local vegetation.