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ID 32193
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creator
Shibutani, Ayako
subject
Grinding stones
Plant utilization
Starch residues
Japan
Southern Kyushu
NDC
General history of Japan
abstract
From the late Pleistocene to early Holocene in Japan, subtropical and temperate forest elements moved northwards. This affected human choices and access to food sources. More settled patterns of living spread northwards gradually, and northern hunting-gathering-fishing people began cultivating vegetables and cereal crops. This poster reports the presence of ancient starch residues on stone artefacts in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Kyushu. The oldest residues recovered are dated by context to about 30,000 14^CyrBP. If such residues can be identified, it may be possible to detect a hypothesized early phase of tropical plant movement northwards during warmer climate peaks in the late terminal Pleistocene, as well as during the long period of Holocene warming that followed. As an initial step towards identification, the morphological characteristics and condition of the starch granules are described and compared to those of other sites in early Japan.
journal title
Archaeologies : journal of the World Archaeological Congress
volume
Volume 5
issue
Issue 1
start page
124
end page
133
date of issued
2009-04
publisher
Springer
issn
1555-8622
ncid
publisher doi
language
eng
nii type
Journal Article
HU type
Journal Articles
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
rights
(c) 2009 The Author(s). This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
relation url
department
Hiroshima University Museum