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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

The Origins and Dispersal of the Trans-Eurasian Cereal Crops: Perspectives from Archaeobotany


Dr. Rita dal Martello (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena)

Date and Time

May 20, 2021, 4:15 - 5:45 pm


The lecture will take place via Microsoft Teams, in English.

Join us via the following Link.


Wheat, barley and millet have been among the foundational crops for the development of early complex societies across the Eurasian continent. Recent archaeobotanical evidence has helped answer questions regarding their origins, dispersal and impact on pre-existing subsistence practices. This talk will look at the most recent archaeobotanical evidence from China and Central Asia and discuss how archaeobotanical remains can widen our knowledge and understanding of past societies, especially in the context of late prehistoric and early historic times. 


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Chinese Studies