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Sherds as archaeobotanical assemblages: Gua Sireh reconsidered

Barron, A; Datan, I; Bellwood, P; Wood, R; Fuller, DQ; Denham, T; (2020) Sherds as archaeobotanical assemblages: Gua Sireh reconsidered. Antiquity , 94 (377) pp. 1325-1336. 10.15184/aqy.2020.166. Green open access

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Abstract

The earliest claim for domesticated rice in Island Southeast Asia (4960–3565 cal BP) derives from a single grain embedded in a ceramic sherd from Gua Sireh Cave, Borneo. In a first assessment of spikelet-base assemblages within pottery sherds using quantitative microCT analysis, the authors found no additional rice remains within this sherd to support the early date of rice farming; analysis of a more recent Gua Sireh sherd (1990–830 cal BP), however, indicates that 70 per cent of spikelet bases are from domesticated rice. This technique offers a high degree of contextual and temporal resolution for approaching organic-tempered ceramics as well-preserved archaeobotanical assemblages.

Type: Article
Title: Sherds as archaeobotanical assemblages: Gua Sireh reconsidered
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.166
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2020.166
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Island Southeast Asia, Borneo, archaeobotany, rice domestication, microCT
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114721
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