Article ID: CBB487311790

Prehistoric agricultural decision making in the western Himalayas: ecological and social variables (2022)

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The high-altitude landscape of western Tibet is one of the most extreme environments in which humans have managed to introduce crop cultivation. To date, only sparse palaeoeconomic data have been reported from this region. The authors present archaeobotanical evidence from five sites (dating from the late first millennium BC and the early first millennium AD) located in the cold-arid landscape of western Tibet. The data indicate that barley was widely grown in this region by c. 400 BC but probably fulfilled differing roles within local ecological constraints on cultivation. Additionally, larger sites are characterised by more diverse crop assemblages than smaller sites, suggesting a role for social diversity in the development of high-altitude agriculture.

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Authors & Contributors
Fleetwood, Lachlan
Baker, Julian C. T.
Bergwik, Staffan
Craig, Sienna R.
Gerke, Barbara
Gutschow, Kim
Journals
Antiquity
Archives of Natural History
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
History of Science
Journal of Historical Geography
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Amsterdam University Press
Brill
Geological Society of India
Harper Collins
Harvard University Press
Concepts
Colonialism
Mountains
Science and politics
Geography
Natural history
Scientific expeditions
People
Auden, John Bicknell
Everest, George
Hedin, Sven
Hodgson, Brian Houghton
Lambton, William
Macleay, William Sharp
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
Ancient
Places
Himalayan Mountains (Nepal)
India
Tibet
Nepal
Asia
Greece
Institutions
East India Company (English)
British East India Company
India Geological Survey
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