Meat acquisition patterns in the Neolithic of the Yellow River Valley and Yangzi River Valley, China

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Meat acquisition patterns in the Neolithic of the Yellow River Valley and Yangzi River Valley, China

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S4-1, Contributions of archaeozoology to the study of human societies in South, Southeast, and East Asia from the Paleolithic to the premodern era, poster

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Abstract:

We provide an overview of animal exploitation during the Chinese Neolithic, emphasizing regional differences in meat procurement strategies. While the peoples of the Yellow River turned from hunting wild animals to the rearing of pigs, dogs, sheep and cattle during the Neolithic, the peoples of the Yangzi continued to rely on an abundant supply of wild animals into their Bronze Age. Their staples were deer, fish, and birds, and there was a special relationship with fish that extended even to the grave.

Authors:

YUAN Jing1, FLAD Rowan2 and LUO Yunbing3

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1 Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 27 Wangfujing St., 100710, Beijing, CHINA, yuanjing@cass.org.cn
2 Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA, rflad@fas.harvard.edu
3 Hubei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, 81, Tian’e Cun, Donghu Lu, Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei Province, 430077, China, lyb8341@yahoo.com.cn

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Yuan, Jing
Flad, Rowan
Luo, Yunbing

Date

August 2010

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Yuan, Jing, Flad, Rowan and Luo, Yunbing. " Meat acquisition patterns in the Neolithic of the Yellow River Valley and Yangzi River Valley, China ," in BoneCommons, Item #1666, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/1666 (accessed August 7, 2020).