Fire and flood management of coastal swamp enabled first rice paddy cultivation in east China

@article{Zong2007FireAF,
  title={Fire and flood management of coastal swamp enabled first rice paddy cultivation in east China},
  author={Y. Zong and Z. Chen and J. Innes and C. Chen and Z. Wang and H. Wang},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={449},
  pages={459-462}
}
The adoption of cereal cultivation was one of the most important cultural processes in history, marking the transition from hunting and gathering by Mesolithic foragers to the food-producing economy of Neolithic farmers. In the Lower Yangtze region of China, a centre of rice domestication, the timing and system of initial rice cultivation remain unclear. Here we report detailed evidence from Kuahuqiao that reveals the precise cultural and environmental context of rice cultivation at this… Expand
Land-use change for rice and foxtail millet cultivation in the Chengtoushan site, central China, reconstructed from weed seed assemblages
TLDR
Analysis of moat sediments from the Neolithic site of Chengtoushan, Hunan, China, suggests that foxtail millet cultivation was established with the expansion of dry farming in region of the site, while rice cultivation was continuously practiced on the alluvial plain surrounding the site. Expand
Evidence for a Neolithic Age fire-irrigation paddy cultivation system in the lower Yangtze River Delta, China
Establishing stable cropping systems was vital in antiquity, assuring certain yields and enabling ancient people to settle, thus possibly causing various modern food habits and culture to form aroundExpand
Did alder (Alnus) fires trigger rice cultivation in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, East China?
Abstract It remains debatable as to how the prehistoric human communities managed the environment to enable the initial cultivation of rice during the early Neolithic in the coastal lower reaches ofExpand
Water management and labour in the origins and dispersal of Asian rice
TLDR
The spread of rice, which has played an important role in models of Neolithic population dispersal in Southeast Asia, may have been triggered by the development of more intensive management systems and thus have required certain social changes towards hierarchical societies rather than just rice cultivation per se. Expand
Environmental history, palaeoecology and human activity at the early Neolithic forager/cultivator site at Kuahuqiao, Hangzhou, eastern China.
The date and location of the adoption of rice cultivation by foraging cultures in China are of considerable current interest but its understanding is hampered by lack of information regarding itsExpand
Typha as a wetland food resource: evidence from the Tianluoshan site, Lower Yangtze Region, China
Wetlands have been attractive environments for early communities worldwide. In China, wetlands offered natural ecological settings for the start of rice cultivation in the Lower Yangtze Region.Expand
Water management and agricultural intensification of rice farming at the late-Neolithic site of Maoshan, Lower Yangtze River, China
Intensifying water management for rice farming and related land use involves increasing labour investment in transforming local landscapes. By applying geoarchaeological investigation at theExpand
Response of rice cultivation to fluctuating sea level during the Mid-Holocene
Archaeological analysis of a section of ancient rice fields at Tianluoshan for diatoms, seeds and phytoliths has shown that the highest local sea level in eastern China during the Holocene appearedExpand
Early Holocene groundwater table fluctuations in relation to rice domestication in the middle Yangtze River basin, China
Abstract The early Holocene environmental amelioration stimulated the trajectory of Neolithic farming cultures and specific geographic settings played a role in determining the nature of theseExpand
Holocene coastal evolution preceded the expansion of paddy field rice farming
TLDR
It is proposed that a shortage of land suitable for paddy fields, caused by marine transgression, constrained rice agriculture during the mid-Holocene, which helps explain the past population movements of rice farmers. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 39 REFERENCES
Effects of seasonal flooding and grazing on the vegetation of former ricefields in the Rhône delta (Southern France)
TLDR
The management of former ricefields led to the establishment and dominance of emergent species common to Mediterranean wetlands, and may be considered a restoration of seasonally flooded marshes as original functions existing before the land was put under cultivation are re-established. Expand
Pollen and phytolith evidence for rice cultivation during the Neolithic at Longqiuzhuang, eastern Jianghuai, China
Phytolith and pollen analyses were carried out at the archaeological site at Longqiuzhuang in Gaoyou, Jiangsu, southern China. The results indicate that the key morphological phytolith typesExpand
Rice domestication and climatic change: phytolith evidence from East China
Fossil rice phytoliths have been identified from a lateglacial to Holocene sequence of epicontinental sediments in the East China Sea that were probably transported by the Yangtze River from itsExpand
Development of modern analogues for natural, mowed and grazed grasslands using pollen assemblages and coprophilous fungi
Tens of thousands of hectares of salt marsh have formed along eastern Canada's macro-tidal Bay of Fundy. Most of these marshes have been diked and converted to agricultural land since the arrival ofExpand
Pollen Evidence of Changing Holocene Monsoon Climate in Sichuan Province, China
Pollen evidence from Lake Shayema, Mianning County, was obtained to examine postglacial vegetation and climatic change in southwestern Sichuan, China. The sclerophyllous character of the region'sExpand
Study on the Remains of Ancient Rice from Kuahuqiao Site in Zhejiang Province
TLDR
It could be assumed from the results that the lower reaches of the Yangtze River are the home of rice cultivation, and that the ancient rice excavated from Kuahuqiao site was an incompletely differentiated population. Expand
Presumed domestication? Evidence for wild rice cultivation and domestication in the fifth millennium BC of the Lower Yangtze region
TLDR
It is proposed that, at least for the Lower Yangtze region, the advent of rice domestication around 4000 BC was preceded by a phase of pre-domestication cultivation that began around 5000 BC, and the implications for sedentism and the spread of agriculture as a long term process are discussed. Expand
Notes on new advancements and revelations in the agricultural archaeology of early rice domestication in the Dongting Lake region
The Liyang plain, located in the northwest of Hunan province, is part of the plain on the north of Dongting Lake. It is situated at longitude 111°22′30″E to 111°51′30″E, and latitude 29°35′31″N toExpand
The origins of rice agriculture: recent progress in East Asia
Knowledge of rice domestication and its archaeological context has been increasing explosively of late. Nearly 20 years ago rice from the Hemudu and Luojiajiao sites (FIGURE 1) indicated that riceExpand
The Middle Yangtze region in China is one place where rice was domesticated: phytolith evidence from the Diaotonghuan Cave, Northern Jiangxi
Rice, Oryza sativa L., is one of the most important cereal crops in the world, and its emergence as a domesticated subsistence plant drives much of the interest and research in archaeology in SouthExpand
...
1
2
3
4
...