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Is there a centre of early agriculture and plant domestication in southern China?

Denham, Timothy; Zhang, Yekun; Barron, Aleese


The archaeobotanical evidence for a putative third centre of early agriculture and plant domestication in southern subtropical China, based primarily on use-wear and residue analyses of artefacts from the sites of Zengpiyan, Niulandong and Xincun, is here reviewed. The available data are not diagnostic of early cultivation or plant domestication based on vegetative propagation in this region. The uncertainties raised by this review are not unique to southern China, and reveal a bias against the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Antiquity
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.156


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