Early Cultivation in China: Where and When

Author(s): Ofer Bar-Yosef

Year: 2017


For over 2.6 million years foragers did not demonstrate that cultivation was a way for obtaining food stability although occasional events may have escaped the archaeological records. Cultivation by hunter-gatherers across the continents (except for Australia) emerged during the Terminal Pleistocene and early Holocene as a response to limitation on mobility due essentially to competition among growing populations conceived archaeologically as "relative demographic pressure". The paper will consider the impacts of the loss of a major land due to the Pacific sea rise and Holocene environmental and social fluctuations in North and South China as triggers for millet and rice cultivation.The hypothesis concerning 'where' and 'when' in the Chinese mainland will be discussed based on current evidence.

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Early Cultivation in China: Where and When. Ofer Bar-Yosef. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429500)

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Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 13239