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How and when did the first Chinese crops arrive in Europe?

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During the early Holocene agriculture arose independently in different regions across the globe. Subsequently, farming communities in these regions came into contact with each other and in the process exchanged crops and livestock between regions. At the Darwin College seminar I am going to present my current work on the Leverhulme Trust project: “Pioneers of Pan-Asian Contact (PPAC)”. The research focuses on tracing the pathways of the earliest crops that travelled to Europe from China. Through the application of a variety of techniques such as flotation, the analysis of macrofossils/microfossils and stable isotopes we are trying to track down what was grown, consumed, shared and moved across the Eurasian steppes starting around eight thousand years ago.

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