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Earliest tea as evidence for one branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau.

Lu, H; Zhang, J; Yang, Y; Yang, X; Xu, B; Yang, W; Tong, T; ... Wu, N; + view all (2016) Earliest tea as evidence for one branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau. Sci Rep , 6 p. 18955. 10.1038/srep18955. Green open access

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Abstract

Phytoliths and biomolecular components extracted from ancient plant remains from Chang'an (Xi'an, the city where the Silk Road begins) and Ngari (Ali) in western Tibet, China, show that the tea was grown 2100 years ago to cater for the drinking habits of the Western Han Dynasty (207BCE-9CE), and then carried toward central Asia by ca.200CE, several hundred years earlier than previously recorded. The earliest physical evidence of tea from both the Chang'an and Ngari regions suggests that a branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau, was established by the second to third century CE.

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Title: Earliest tea as evidence for one branch of the Silk Road across the Tibetan Plateau.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/srep18955
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep18955
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475206
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