The Early Rice Agriculture and
Pottery Production Project:
Reconstructing the
Origins of Agriculture in South China

Background Reading:
A few papers on the Yuchanyan site and the origins of agriculture in the middle Yangzi River region

Boaretto, Elisabetta, Wu Xiaohong, Yuan Jiarong, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Vikki Chu, Pan Yan, Liu Kexin, David Cohen, Jiao Tianlong, Li Shuicheng, Gu Haibin, Paul Goldberg, and Steve Weiner (2009). Radiocarbon dating of charcoal and bone collagen associated with early pottery at Yuchanyan Cave, Hunan Province, China. PNAS Early Edition (0nline) June 1, 2009.

Cohen, David J. (2002). New perspectives on the transition to agriculture in China. In Yasuda, Y. (Ed.), The Origins of Pottery and Agriculture. New Delhi: Roli Books, pp. 217-227.

Lu, Tracey L. 1999. The Transition from Foraging to Farming and the Origin of Agriculture in China. B.A.R. International Series 774. Oxford: Hadrian Books.

Pearson, Richard (2005). The social context of early pottery in the Lingnan region of south China." Antiquity 79(306): 819-828.

Pei, Anping (1998). Notes on new advancements and revelations in the agricultural archaeology of early rice domestication in the Dongting Lake region. Antiquity 72: 878-885.

Pei, Anping (2002). Rice paddy agriculture and pottery from the middle reaches of the Yangtze. In Yasuda, Y. (Ed.), The Origins of Pottery and Agriculture. New Delhi: Roli Books, pp. 167-181.

Prendergast, Mary E., Yuan Jiarong, Ofer Bar-Yosef (2009). Resource intensification in the Late Upper Paleolithic: a view from southern China. Journal of Archaeological Science 36(4): 1027-1037.

Yan, Wenming (2002). The origins of rice agriculture, pottery and cities. In Yasuda, Y. (Ed.), The Origins of Pottery and Agriculture. New Delhi: Roli Books, pp. 151-156.

Yuan, Jiarong (2002). Rice and pottery 10,000 yrs. BP at Yuchanyan, Dao County, Hunan Province. In Yasuda, Y. (Ed.), The Origins of Pottery and Agriculture. New Delhi: Roli Books, pp. 157-166.

Zhang, Chi (2002). The discovery of early pottery in China. Documenta Praehistorica 29: 29-35.

Zhang, Wenxu (2002). The bi-peak-tubercle of rice, the character of ancient rice and the origin of cultivated rice. In Yasuda, Y. (Ed.), The Origins of Pottery and Agriculture. New Delhi: Roli Books, pp. 205-216.

Zhang, Wenxu and Yuan Jiarong (1998). A preliminary study of ancient excavated rice from Yuchanyan site, Dao County, Hunan Province, P.R. China. Acta Agronomica Sinica 24(4): 416-420.

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