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The Occurrence of Cereal Cultivation in China

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Title:The Occurrence of Cereal Cultivation in China
Authors:Lu, Tracy Lie Dan
Keywords:foraging to farming
cereal cultivation
LC Subject Headings:Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Date Issued:2006
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation:Lu, T. L. D. 2006. The Occurrence of Cereal Cultivation in China. Asian Perspectives 45 (2): 129-58.
Series:Volume 45
Number 2
Abstract:This paper examines the progress and remaining problems on the occurrence of cereal cultivation in China, which led to agriculture, and discusses some related theoretical issues. Based on currently available data, it is argued that the occurrence of cereal cultivation in China was associated with and related to the climatic and environmental changes after the last glacial epoch, the occurrence of new technology, including the manufacturing of pottery, and the adoption of a broad-spectrum subsistence strategy, whereas sedentism does not seem to be a prerequisite for this cultural change. The transition from hunting-gathering to agriculture in China seems to have been a gradual process, and foraging remained a subsistence strategy of the early farmers. The occurrence of cereal cultivation in China differed from that in other core areas, demonstrating the diversity of human cultures and contributing to our understanding of the origin and development of agriculture in the world. KEYWORDS: foraging to farming, cereal cultivation, prehistory, China.
ISSN:1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2006 - Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall)

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