[INDOLOGY] Rice farming in India much older than thought (Land, Water, Settlement project)

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 03:38:21 UTC 2016

Sharing a related research publication.

A dailymail news report here
the following words:

While the ancient people relied upon heavy and regular monsoons between
9,000 and 7,000 years ago to water their crops, after this period, evidence
at Bhirrana shows people continued to survive despite changing weather

‘Increasing evidences suggest that these people shifted their crop patterns
from the large-grained cereals like wheat and barley during the early part
of intensified monsoon to drought-resistant species of small millets and
rice in the later part of declining monsoon and thereby changed their
subsistence strategy,’ they continued.

However, changing the crops they grew and harvested resulted in the
‘de-urbanisation’ of cities and no need for large food storage facilities.
Instead, the people swapped to personal storage spaces to look after their

‘Because these later crops generally have much lower yield, the organised
large storage system of mature Harappan period was abandoned giving rise to
smaller more individual household based crop processing and storage system
and could act as catalyst for the de-urbanisation of the Harappan
civilization rather than an abrupt collapse,’ the team wrote.

On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:38 AM, Shaw, Julia <julia.shaw at ucl.ac.uk> wrote:

> In response to this query, the 'article' (if one can call it that!)
> reproduces an image from the Land, Water, Settlement Project is based at
> Cambridge and directed by Cameron Petrie, and now superceded by the Two
> Rains Project . And yes, the data is reliable!! THe work of Jennifer Bates
> in particular is relevant here.
> More details:
> http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/two-rains
> Jennifer Bates
> https://cambridge.academia.edu/JenniferBates
> Dorian Fuller's Early Rice Project
> http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/directory/early_rice_fuller
> Best wishes
> Julia
> -------------------------------------------
> Dr Julia Shaw
> Lecturer in South Asian Archaeology
> Institute of Archaeology UCL
> 31-34 Gordon Square
> London WC1H 0PY
> http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/staff/shaw
> Message: 7
> Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:30:59 +0000
> From: "Olivelle, J P" <jpo at austin.utexas.edu>
> To: Jarrod Whitaker <whitakjl at wfu.edu>
> Cc: "indology at list.indology.info" <indology at list.indology.info>
> Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Rice farming in India much older than thought
> Message-ID: <57D8E689-AFFE-4405-BDBE-74A4D57E1A30 at austin.utexas.edu>
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> But how reliable is the data? The article does not provide any.
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies

FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,

(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )

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