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The Transition to Agricultural Production in India: South Asian Entanglements of Domestication

Murphy, C; Fuller, D; (2016) The Transition to Agricultural Production in India: South Asian Entanglements of Domestication. In: Schug, G and Walimbe, S, (eds.) A Companion to South Asia in the Past.

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Abstract

This chapter explores patterns in the available evidence for Indian plant domestication, focusing on the southern Deccan and placing the evidence within a broader context of other centers of domestication. It also discusses domestication in western India and the Ganges region. The Neolithic period in the Deccan Plateau of South India appears to have begun near the start of the third millennium BCE, based on radiocarbon dating from Kodekal and Utnur, and continued to about 1000 BCE. The earliest well-documented ashmound sites are Utnur, which was in use from 2600 to 2400 BCE and Budihal, which was slightly later at 2300-1700 BCE. Compared with other types of material culture, pottery seems to reflect cultural changes in South Asian society relatively rapidly, perhaps indicating the central role ceramics played in culinary ideologies and heritage of taste. It is the food preparation traditions that are usually strongly conservative, not the ceramic traditions.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Transition to Agricultural Production in India: South Asian Entanglements of Domestication
ISBN-13: 9781119055488
DOI: 10.1002/9781119055280.ch22
Publisher version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781119...
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497199
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