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Diet reconstructed from an analysis of plant microfossils in human dental calculus from the Bronze Age site of Shilinggang, southwestern China
Zhang, Naimeng1; Dong, Guanghui1; Yang, Xiaoyan2; Zuo, Xinxin3; Kang, Lihong4; Ren, Lele1; Liu, Honggao1,5; Li, Hu1; Min, Rui4; Liu, Xu4; Zhang, Dongju1; Chen, Fahu1
2017-07-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE
ISSN0305-4403
Volume83Pages:41-48
Corresponding AuthorDong, Guanghui(ghdong@lzu.edu.cn) ; Yang, Xiaoyan(yangxy@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractThe extracted microfossils from the dental calculus of ancient teeth are a new form of archaeological evidence which can provide direct information on the plant diet of a population. Here, we present the results of analyses of starch grains and phytoliths trapped in the dental calculus of humans who occupied the Bronze Age site of Shilinggang (similar to 2500 cal yr BP) in Yunnan Province, southwestern China. The results demonstrate that the inhabitants consumed a wide range of plants, including rice, millet, and palms, together with other food plants which have not previously been detected in Yunnan. The discovery of various underground storage organs (USOs; tubers, roots, bulbs, and rhizomes) and acorns complements the application of conventional macrofossil and isotope studies to understand the diet of the Bronze Age human population of Yunnan. The wide variety of plant foods consumed suggests that the inhabitants adopted a broad-spectrum strategy of gathering food and cultivating crops in northwest Yunnan Province in the late Bronze Age at a time when agricultural societies were developed in the central plains of China. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KeywordHuman diet Plant microfossils Starch grain and phytolith analyses Bronze age Yunnan province Southwestern China
DOI10.1016/j.jas.2017.06.010
WOS KeywordANCIENT DIET ; GRASSES ; PHYTOLITHS ; DOMESTICATION ; AGRICULTURE ; PLATEAU ; COOKING ; ISOTOPE ; REMAINS ; PERIOD
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41371217] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41620104007] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41671077] ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities[lzujbky-2016-159] ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities[lzujbky-2015-k09]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities
WOS Research AreaAnthropology ; Archaeology ; Geology
WOS SubjectAnthropology ; Archaeology ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000405155800004
PublisherACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/62864
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorDong, Guanghui; Yang, Xiaoyan
Affiliation1.Lanzhou Univ, Coll Earth & Environm Sci, Key Lab Western Chinas Environm Syst, Minist Educ, Lanzhou, Gansu, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Land Surface Pattern & Simulat, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geol & Geophys, Key Lab Cenozo Geol & Environm, Beijing, Peoples R China
4.Yunnan Prov Inst Cultural Rel & Archaeol, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
5.Yunnan Agr Univ, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
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Zhang, Naimeng,Dong, Guanghui,Yang, Xiaoyan,et al. Diet reconstructed from an analysis of plant microfossils in human dental calculus from the Bronze Age site of Shilinggang, southwestern China[J]. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE,2017,83:41-48.
APA Zhang, Naimeng.,Dong, Guanghui.,Yang, Xiaoyan.,Zuo, Xinxin.,Kang, Lihong.,...&Chen, Fahu.(2017).Diet reconstructed from an analysis of plant microfossils in human dental calculus from the Bronze Age site of Shilinggang, southwestern China.JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE,83,41-48.
MLA Zhang, Naimeng,et al."Diet reconstructed from an analysis of plant microfossils in human dental calculus from the Bronze Age site of Shilinggang, southwestern China".JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 83(2017):41-48.
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