Ancient Agriculture in China Predates Rice Domestication: Tropical Palm Diet

May 17, 2013 8:47 PM

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China wasn't known for its agriculture until domesticated rice was introduced. Yet now, archaeologists have made an intriguing find. They've discovered that people in subtropical China may have practiced agriculture 5,000 years ago--long before the arrival of rice in the region.

Rice cultivation in southern China began after domesticated strains arrived along the Lower Yangtze River. Until now, researchers believed that this event is what sparked the beginning of formal agriculture in the area. Yet poor organic preservation in the study region meant that traditional archaeo...

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