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Niche construction of agricultural communities in the Yiluo and Guanzhong regions of northern China in the Mid-Holocene

Author(s): Gyoung-Ah Lee

Year: 2015

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Through a lens of niche construction perspective, this paper examines evolving enterprise of plant managements in different ecological and cultural contexts in Mid-Holocene China. Along a stretch of the Yellow River, bulging communities, facing different challenges of changing climates and ecological constraints, constructed agricultural and socially intertwined niches. Multiple Yangshao communities in the Yiluo valley and those in Guanzhong Plain are such examples. Drastically different from the earlier Neolithic cultures, the Middle Neolithic people in these regions laid a foundation for socially complex entities up to a state level in the subsequent periods. This paper will offer a window onto the unique effects of human niche construction through its examination of agricultural trajectories and social interactions in these regions.

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Niche construction of agricultural communities in the Yiluo and Guanzhong regions of northern China in the Mid-Holocene. Gyoung-Ah Lee. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395665)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America