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Culinary archaeology: Millet noodles in Late Neolithic China.
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PMID:  16222289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Noodles have been a popular staple food in many parts of the world for at least 2,000 years, although it is debatable whether the Chinese, the Italians or the Arabs invented them first. Here we analyse a prehistoric sample of noodles contained in a well preserved, sealed earthenware bowl discovered in the Late Neolithic archaeological site of Lajia in northwestern China. We identify millet as the source of the abundant seed-husk phytoliths and starch grains present in the vessel. This shows that the conversion of ground millet flour into dough that could be repeatedly stretched into long, thin strands for the preparation of boiled noodles was already established in this region 4,000 years ago.
Houyuan Lu; Xiaoyan Yang; Maolin Ye; Kam-Biu Liu; Zhengkai Xia; Xiaoyan Ren; Linhai Cai; Naiqin Wu; Tung-Sheng Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  437     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-13     Completed Date:  2005-10-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  967-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100029, China.
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / history
Cookery / history
Food / history*
History, Ancient
Time Factors
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