- Takei, Emiko (2008) Historical review of Spodiopogon formosanus Rendle, a minor grain crop in
. Bulletin of the Cultural and Natural Sciences in Taiwan 57: 43-66.....Unfortunately neither this publication nor its abstract seems to be available freely on-line, although a bibliographic record is here. I reproduce the English abstract here. Osaka Gakuin University
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Thursday 14 May 2009
- Jiang, H.E., et al., 2008. A consideration of the involucre remains of Coix lacryma-jobi L. (Poaceae) in the
(2000 years BP), Xinjiang, Sampula Cemetery . Journal of Archaeological Science 35, 1311–1316. China
- Jiang, H.E., et al 2007a. The discovery of Capparis spinosa L. (Capparidaceae) in the Yanghai Tombs (2800 years B.P.), NW China, and its medicinal implications. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 113, 409– 420.
- Jiang, H.E., et al., 2007b. Fruits of Lithospermum officinale L. (Boraginaceae) used as an early plant decoration (2500 years BP) in
. Journal of Archaeological Science 34, 167–170. Xinjiang, China
- Jiang, H.E., et al. 2006. A new insight into Cannabis sativa (Cannabaceae) utilization from 2500-year-old Yanghai Tombs,
. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 108, 414–422. Xinjiang, China
The Yanghai tombs (reported by Jiang): Capparis spinosa, Cannabis sativa, Lithospermum officinale (used as beads). Wood and bedding materials include Populus, Salix and Phragmites
Earlier reports from other cemetery sites in the region include Wheat (presumably hexaploid, but one would like to see this confirmed with rachis remains ?) further north at Tort Erik and Chong Bangh, both cemeteries perhaps as old as 1500 BC. Of interest is the apparently exclusive presence of wheat on these two earlier sites, although barley is reported from Qizilchoqa (the only source for these, in English, so far as I know is the passing notes in the Mallory and Mair’s Tarim Mummies book, 2000).
So, we still have some waiting to do before the archaeobotany of westernmost China can be grasped in a holistic sense.
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