Rice farming led to growth of ancient cities
The rapid growth of the earliest cities in northern China starting as far back as 2400 to 2000 BC is the result of successful rice farming combined with other crops, says University of Toronto anthropologist Gary Crawford.
Although we often associate rice with Chinese agriculture, most archeologists have, until recently, thought it was exclusively millet that was the most important food associated with northern China. However, recent archeological research conducted on the Liangchengzhen site by investigators from the University of Toronto, The Field Museum in Chicago and Chinas Shandong University in the province of Shandong shows that not only was millet grown, but rice was apparently the prevalent food source, and wheat was also on the scene.
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