Culinary archaeology: Millet noodles in Late Neolithic China

  title={Culinary archaeology: Millet noodles in Late Neolithic China},
  author={Houyuan Lu and X. Yang and M. Ye and K. Liu and Zhengkai Xia and Xiaoyan Ren and Linhai Cai and N. Wu and Tungsheng Liu},
  • Houyuan Lu, X. Yang, +6 authors Tungsheng Liu
  • Published 2005
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Noodles have been a popular staple food in many parts of the world for at least 2,000 years, although it is debatable whether the Chinese, the Italians or the Arabs invented them first. Here we analyse a prehistoric sample of noodles contained in a well preserved, sealed earthenware bowl discovered in the Late Neolithic archaeological site of Lajia in northwestern China. We identify millet as the source of the abundant seed-husk phytoliths and starch grains present in the vessel. This shows… CONTINUE READING
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