An archaeologist explains the origin of agriculture in China and the transformation from hunter-gatherer to agriculture producer, revealing the ancient genes of China as an agricultural country.
China has a vast land covering diverse climates and complex environments. In prehistoric times, hunter-gatherers living in different regions have their survival strategies, thus leading to various agricultural origins. This book digs into questions, including what turning events occurred during the transformative period from hunting-gathering to agricultural production? Why is agriculture development rapid in some regions while being largely delayed in others? This book introduces various definitions and theoretical methods for studying agriculture's origin. It represents the transforming era by simulating prehistoric hunter-gatherers' survival strategies with data collected from modern weather stations. The author also tries to answer questions on the origin of agriculture production in China with comprehensive archeology shreds of evidence.
This book is the winner of WENJIN award in 2021, sponsored by the National Library of China.