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Title: Temporal trends in millet consumption in northern China
Authors: Atahan, P
Dodson, JR
Li, XQ
Zhou, XY
Chen, L
Barry, LA
Bertuch, F
Keywords: Millet
Stable isotopes
Isotope dating
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Atahan, P., Dodson, J., Li, X., Zhou, X., Chen, L., Barry, L., & Bertuch, F. (2014). Temporal trends in millet consumption in northern China. Journal of Archaeological Science, 50, 171-177. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2014.07.012
Abstract: Temporal trends in prehistoric millet consumption are investigated in two regions of northern China, in the Wei River valley and a northern zone that encompasses north-eastern Shaanxi, western Shanxi and south-central Inner Mongolia. By directly radiocarbon dating each sample investigated, inferences about the timing of dietary shifts inferred from stable carbon and nitrogen isotope compositions can be made with a high degree of precision. Evidence presented here indicates that humans living around 4000 years ago in both the Wei River valley and the northern zone were heavily dependent on millet for their subsistence. By ca. 2500 cal. yr BP, a major diversification of diet had occurred in the Wei River valley, with some consuming much larger proportions of C3 foods than previously. These C3 foods may have included the western-derived cereals – wheat, barley and oats – and also rice. © 2014, Elsevier Ltd.
Gov't Doc #: 6359
ISSN: 1095-9238
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