Millet consumption in Siberia prior to mid-second millennium BC? A review of recent developments

Svetlana V. Svyatko*, Rick J. Schulting, Dmitriy Papin, Paula J. Reimer

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In this paper we discuss recent developments in documenting the spread of millet across the Eurasian steppes. We emphasize that, despite a recent proposal that millet consumption in southern Siberia can be attributed to the Early Bronze Age (i.e., the late third to early second millennium BC), at present there are no direct data for southern Siberia indicating the consumption of millet prior to the Late Bronze Age, from the 14th century BC. We also present in full the combined stable isotope and 14C datasets from the Minusinsk Basin to support this conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Early online date05 Aug 2021
Publication statusEarly online date - 05 Aug 2021

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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona.

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  • Bronze Age
  • millet
  • Minusinsk Basin
  • radiocarbon dating
  • stable isotopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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