The archaeobotany of Indian pulses: identification, processing and evidence for cultivation

  title={The archaeobotany of Indian pulses: identification, processing and evidence for cultivation},
  author={Dorian Q. Fuller and Emma Harvey},
  journal={Environmental Archaeology},
  pages={219 - 246}
Abstract Pulses are a significant component of traditional subsistence in South Asia. Reliable identification criteria for identifying these from archaeological seed remains are reviewed. The botanical evidence relating to the wild progenitors and their distribution, especially of Indian natives (Macrotyloma uniflorum, Vigna radiata, Vigna mungo) is summarised, including new evidence from primary botanical research. The problem of seed size increase in pulses is reviewed through a focused study… 

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