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Janet Carsten and Simon Frith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266045

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266045.001.0001

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Food globalisation in prehistory: The agrarian foundations of an interconnected continent

Food globalisation in prehistory: The agrarian foundations of an interconnected continent

Elsley Zeitlyn Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Culture Read 17 February 2015

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(p.73) Food globalisation in prehistory: The agrarian foundations of an interconnected continent
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British Academy Lectures, 2015-16
Author(s):

Martin Jones

Harriet Hunt

Catherine Kneale

Emma Lightfoot

Diane Lister

Xinyi Liu

Giedre Motuzaite-Matuzeviciute

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266045.003.0004

This article explores grain crop movement across prehistoric Eurasia. It draws on evidence from archaeobotany, stable isotope studies, and archaeogenetics to date and map the process of food globalisation, and relate it to human consumption, culinary practice and crop ecology. It reviews the findings of a project funded by the European Research Council, Food Globalization in Prehistory, placed in the context of the expansion of research across Eurasia over the last two decades. This major episode of food globalisation has discernible roots in the third millennium BC, which during the second millennium BC fully crystallises into a contiguous network following foothills and mountain corridors with the Himalayan uplift at its heart. We infer a significant bottom-up component to the establishment of this pattern, which serves as a prelude for the top-down valley-bottom agrarian systems that recur from the second millennium BC onwards.

Keywords:   Panicum, Setaria, Triticum, Hordeum, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Asia

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