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What did grinding stones grind? New light on early Neolithic subsistence economy in the Middle Yellow River Valley, China

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Abstract


  • Grinding stones have provided a convenient proxy for the arrival of agriculture in Neolithic China. Not any more. Thanks to high-precision analyses of use-wear and starch residue, the authors show that early Neolithic people were mainly using these stones to process acorns. This defines a new stage in the long transition of food production from hunter-gatherer to farmer.

Authors


  •   Liu, Li (external author)
  •   Field, Judith (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Richard L.
  •   Bestel, Sheahan (external author)
  •   Chen, Xingcan (external author)
  •   Ma, Xiaolin (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Liu, L., Field, J., Fullagar, R. L., Bestel, S., Chen, X. & Ma, X. (2010). What did grinding stones grind? New light on early Neolithic subsistence economy in the Middle Yellow River Valley, China. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 84 (325), 816-833.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-78649836801

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1684&context=scipapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/645

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 816

End Page


  • 833

Volume


  • 84

Issue


  • 325

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.antiquity.ac.uk

Abstract


  • Grinding stones have provided a convenient proxy for the arrival of agriculture in Neolithic China. Not any more. Thanks to high-precision analyses of use-wear and starch residue, the authors show that early Neolithic people were mainly using these stones to process acorns. This defines a new stage in the long transition of food production from hunter-gatherer to farmer.

Authors


  •   Liu, Li (external author)
  •   Field, Judith (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Richard L.
  •   Bestel, Sheahan (external author)
  •   Chen, Xingcan (external author)
  •   Ma, Xiaolin (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Liu, L., Field, J., Fullagar, R. L., Bestel, S., Chen, X. & Ma, X. (2010). What did grinding stones grind? New light on early Neolithic subsistence economy in the Middle Yellow River Valley, China. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 84 (325), 816-833.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-78649836801

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1684&context=scipapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/645

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 816

End Page


  • 833

Volume


  • 84

Issue


  • 325

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.antiquity.ac.uk