The archaeobotanical significance of immature millet grains: an experimental case study of Chinese millet crop processing

  title={The archaeobotanical significance of immature millet grains: an experimental case study of Chinese millet crop processing},
  author={Jixiang Song and Zhijun Zhao and Dorian Q. Fuller},
  journal={Vegetation History and Archaeobotany},
We present evidence from ethnography and experimental processing of foxtail millet (Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv.) in China that spikelets containing incompletely filled (or immature) grains constitute a significant portion of typical millet harvests and are removed along with other by-products after threshing and winnowing. This study provides a baseline for the identification of immature foxtail grains in archaeobotanical assemblages. Immature millet grains are a frequent component of… 
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