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Millets, Rice and Farmers

4 March 2014

Millets, Rice and Farmers (BAR International Series 2589, 2014)

A new volume by Alison Weisskopf exploring phytoliths as indicators of agricultural, social and ecological change in Neolithic and Bronze Age China is now available.

Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Central China was the scene of important cultural developments which impacted on agricultural practices and local vegetation. Using phytolith data from archaeological sites in Henan, this study investigates changing crop choices, developments in crop processing and differing local environments, both temporally and spatially. A comparative dataset from Neolithic India is also investigated, highlighting possible variations in arable systems with millet and wet rice farming in Neolithic Central China contrasting with dry rice cultivation in India.

The volume is published in the BAR International Series by Archaeopress.

Alison is currently working on the NERC-funded evolution of rice systems research project at the Institute led by Dorian Fuller.  This leads on from the postdoctoral research she undertook on the NERC-funded Early Rice project.