Open to the public.
China is one of the major centers for the origin of agriculture. However, our understandings of the transition from foraging to farming in the region still remain uncertain and controversial. The major aim of this conference is to better understand methodological and theoretical issues in agricultural origins in light of new fieldwork, new sites, and new analytical techniques. It is also important to investigate this transition in China from a global perspective. Recent developments in archaeobotany provide exciting techniques in identifying the remains of ancient crops and their wild progenitors, which have significantly advanced our understanding about the process of plant domestication. By bringing together a diverse international group of archaeologists to consider this topic of common interest, the conference will provide an important platform for international scholarly exchange.