The Early Rice Project goes to Australia

26 March 2014

Dorian Fuller collecting oryza nivara in Orissa

The Early Rice Project team is currently in Australia for discussions on domestication and early rice.

Researchers Cristina Castillo and Alison Weisskopf, as well as Dorian Fuller participated in a symposium at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on the “The expansion of farming in East Asia & Sahul: Do foragers adopt agriculture?” (23-25 March, 2014). The conference was sponsored by Harvard University, the University of Queenland and the Institute of Archaeology (via the Early Rice Project) and involved scholars from across Australia, China, the US and the UK.

Presentations included:

  • “Rach Nui: An alternative Neolithic diet?” (Cristina Castillo)
  • “Elusive wild foods in Southeast Asian subsistence: modern ethnography and archaeological phytoliths” (Alison Weisskopf)
  • “Shifting to an agricultural landscape: wild foods in the Lower Yangtze and their abandonment” (Dorian Fuller)

While in Australia, Dorian is also giving lectures at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology on “Growing societies” (28 March 2014), revisiting his UCL Inaugural lecture, and subsequently at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland, which is a major centre of research in crop genetics, including work on wild rice. There he will talk on “Comparing Pathways to Agriculture in Asia” (2 April 2014).