The early history of wheat in China from 14C dating and Bayesian chronological modelling

  title={The early history of wheat in China from 14C dating and Bayesian chronological modelling},
  author={Tengwen Long and Christian Leipe and Guiyun Jin and Mayke Wagner and Rongzhen Guo and Oskar Schr{\"o}der and Pavel E. Tarasov},
  journal={Nature Plants},
Wheat is regarded as one of the most important West Asian domesticates that were introduced into Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age China. Despite a growing body of archaeological data, the timing and routes of its dispersal remain controversial. New radiocarbon (14C) dating evidence from six archaeological sites in the Shandong and Liaoning Peninsulas and Bayesian modelling of available 14C data from China suggest that wheat appeared in the lower Yellow River around 2600 Before Common Era (bce… 
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