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A regional case in the development of agriculture and crop-processing in northern China from the Neolithic to Bronze Age: archaeobotanical evidence from the Sushui River survey, Shanxi Province

Song, J; Wang, L; Fuller, D; (2017) A regional case in the development of agriculture and crop-processing in northern China from the Neolithic to Bronze Age: archaeobotanical evidence from the Sushui River survey, Shanxi Province. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10.1007/s12520-017-0551-0. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The article presents the results of the analysis of survey archaeobotany samples from the Sushui valley. This provides evidence for changes over time for a region in the proportions of crops, especially rice versus millets. In addition, the composition of samples, both grouped by period and considered on a sample-by-sample basis, are considered as representing routine crop-processing waste, from which it is suggested that typical patterns of routine crop processing (after storage) can be inferred. These patterns, in turn, imply something about processing prior to storage and the social organization of agricultural production, suggesting the hypothesis that crop-processing patterns diversified during the emergence of complex societies with some sites with larger scale practices while others were focused on the household level.

Type: Article
Title: A regional case in the development of agriculture and crop-processing in northern China from the Neolithic to Bronze Age: archaeobotanical evidence from the Sushui River survey, Shanxi Province
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s12520-017-0551-0
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12520-017-0551-0
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Paleoethnobotany, Millet, Rice, Storage, Social complexity
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10039707
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