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Leverhulme Lecture on Ancient Chinese Starch

18 June 2015

Two Lunch hour lectures are to be given by Dr YANG Xiaoyan, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources research), who is currently a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor (2014-2015) at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, carrying out archaeobotanical research on south China, including research on the transition to rice farming, in collaboration with the UCL Early Rice project.

Lecture 1: The Frontier of Vegetative Crops and Rice in South China Time: 12:30pm Thursday 25 June 2015 Venue: Seminar Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Excavations at Xincun Site, Guangdong, China, ca. 3500 BC

Venue: Seminar Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Time: 12:30pm Thursday 25 June 2015

This lecture will report on new research that indicates the use of starchy foods (tuber, palm starch, bananas) was important in Guangdong before the introduction of rice agriculture. 


Lecture 2: Archaeological Starch Analysis: Methods and Recent Development Time: 12:30pm Thursday 2 July 2015Venue: Seminar Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Time: 12:30pm Thursday 2 July 2015

Venue: Seminar Room 209, UCL Institute of Archaeology

This lecture will consider methodological issues and advances in the study of archaeological starch, in China and beyond. 

Modern reference starch grains from a South China fishtail palm Caryota urens