Paleoethnobotany of Yangguanzhai

Author(s): Mitchell Ma; Hua Zhong

Year: 2017


Yangguanzhai is a valuable resource for paleoethnobotanists to understand human-plant interactions in Neolithic northwestern China due to its excellent conditions for the preservation of macro-botanical materials. In recent years, several palaeoethnobotanical studies on Yanguanzhai have been carried out on site, yielding many results that greatly contribute to our understanding of Neolithic agriculture in the region. Presented in this paper are the results of two systematic flotations conducted in the vicinity of Yangguanzhai. The first is from a well-defined Neolithic house feature, and the second is from a Neolithic moat. The authors utilized a combination of horizontal and vertical sampling strategies to enhance the interpretative value of macro-botanical remains during collection, and the resulting studies were the first intra-feature analyses on Neolithic plant materials conducted in northwestern China. Our results demonstrate that the human-plant interactions at a typical archaeological feature can go through various functional stages and vary spatially. These studies show that inter- and intra-feature relationships can provide substantial context for understanding the diverse trajectories through which plants and human cultures developed in the context of Neolithic China.

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Paleoethnobotany of Yangguanzhai. Mitchell Ma, Hua Zhong. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429749)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 14563