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  Prehistoric agricultural decision making in the western Himalayas: ecological and social variables

Tang, L., Lu, H., Chen, X., Xu, H., Boivin, N., Storozum, M., et al. (2022). Prehistoric agricultural decision making in the western Himalayas: ecological and social variables. Antiquity, 2022.80. doi:10.15184/aqy.2022.80.

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Tang, Li1, Author           
Lu, Hongliang, Author
Chen, Xinzhou, Author
Xu, Hailun, Author
Boivin, Nicole1, Author           
Storozum, Michael, Author
Yang, Feng, Author
Li, Shuai, Author
Liu, Xinyi, Author
Spengler, Robert N.1, Author           
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1Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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Free keywords: Tibet, Himalayas, prehistoric archaeology, archaeobotany, high altitude, palaeoeconomy
 Abstract: The high-altitude landscape of western Tibet is one of the most extreme environments in which humans have managed to introduce crop cultivation. To date, only sparse palaeoeconomic data have been reported from this region. The authors present archaeobotanical evidence from five sites (dating from the late first millennium BC and the early first millennium AD) located in the cold-arid landscape of western Tibet. The data indicate that barley was widely grown in this region by c. 400 BC but probably fulfilled differing roles within local ecological constraints on cultivation. Additionally, larger sites are characterised by more diverse crop assemblages than smaller sites, suggesting a role for social diversity in the development of high-altitude agriculture.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2022-07-22
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 18
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 Table of Contents: Introduction
Excavations at high-elevation sites in western Tibet
Archaeobotanical analysis
Discussion
- Ecologically distinct economic systems
- Highlands above the limits of farming (>4600m asl)
- Barley cultivation in the higher river valleys (>4000m asl)
- Diverse agricultural systems in the lower river valleys
- Agricultural choices among sites of different sizes
- Barley cultivation at small sites
- Crop diversity at large sites
Conclusion
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2022.80
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Project name : FEDD
Grant ID : 851102
Funding program : Horizon 2020 (H2020)
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)

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Title: Antiquity
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Publ. Info: Gloucester, Eng. : Antiquity Publications, Ltd.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: 2022.80 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0003-598X
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925380992