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Sichuan Life Styles – Traditions and Adaptations in Prehistoric Architecture and Settlement Structure

Author(s): Richard Ehrich

Year: 2015

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Neolithic Sichuan formed a crossroad for influences from the north associated with millet agriculture and from the east associated with the growing of rice. But how did the different traditions of habitation of the Upper Yellow River in the north and the Middle Yangzi River as well as the Three Gorges in the east affect the situation in Sichuan and what role did adaptation to the local environment play? This is a survey of prehistoric architecture and settlement structure in Sichuan and an interregional comparison of the Upper Yangzi River region in Sichuan with the Upper Yellow River region in Shaanxi and Gansu, the Middle Yangzi River region in Hubei, and the Three Gorges region in Chongqing. It is also a discussion of the concepts of "function", "style", "tradition", and "adaptation" as pertaining to choices of habitation.

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Sichuan Life Styles – Traditions and Adaptations in Prehistoric Architecture and Settlement Structure. Richard Ehrich. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395835)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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