Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ancient Agriculture: The Migration of Millet

Here is an interesting article that says millet actually spread from ancient China to eastern Europe some 9,000 years ago. China's millet spread to Europe 7,000 years ago 13:37, May 14, 2009 Millet was brought into Europe from China more than 7,000 years ago, archaeologists from the University of Cambridge in the UK stated in a thesis published by US journal "Science" on May 8. The report, entitled "Origins of Agriculture in East Asia," was coauthored by Martin Jones, a professor of archaeology at the University of Cambridge and his Chinese student Liu Xinyi. The study said that charred millet seeds found in the Neolithic farming remains in Northeast China indicated that locals had planted millet as early as 8,000 years ago. Millet was gradually introduced to Europe during the next millennium. This research result shows that millet crops were first cultivated in China before being introduced to the West. By People's Daily Online http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2009-05/14/content_252616.htm
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I think we still don't know a great deal about the rise of agriculture and/or how it spread. I do not think that we can discount China as a source for such things as the brewing of beers and the invention of wine. I believe that not enough attention has been paid to a very old trade coridor that linked parts of northwest China around the Tarim Basin to civilizations further west. Whisps of evidence exist that attest to a very old linkage, possibly as old as late-Naqada/Dynasty I Egypt. Unfortunately, money is tighter than ever when it comes to archaeological explorations of areas other than certain popular hot spots and/or hot topics (like the so-called tomb of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, oh please). Sigh.

6 comments:

carlos lascoutx said...

...millet, from milli(N)=field,
the western name for the grain. the japanese call it, awa=aua(N)=
water owner, a more basic name
for millet, approximates the naming
of, woad=wo=own water/ad/atl(letra)=owa atl, the reversal of, aua(N)=
atl/ua.
china begins in the ganzhuang area near vietnam with their largest ethnic group, the zhuang=cave living, the guanxi zhuang autonomous region. they have
a horizon of 800k bc, oldest outside of afrika. just finished glossing their language and it is
nauatl, whether brought there by
deer culture overflow from the altai, or, a fanciful thought,
perhaps language is passed on from
hominid species to species, neander
and neandra being just another link in the chain. the zhuang remain polytheistic, not being
nomads, the region has a temperate
climate, the people are chthonic,
like the basques, but their area
is paradise, they are weavers,
singers(for longevity), the monkey
is present in different species,
which melds with day 11, ozomatli(N)=monkey of the tonalamatl.
the zhuang had no written language until 1950, the chinese
linguists used the latin alfabet to capture it's sounds, cf.,
tzopilotl wordpress, zuang post.
from early on, i imagined life
arising from at least 2 spots on
earth. guanxi zhuang seems to be the other, than afrika, altho all
might have come from afrika, early
hominid must have followed the coast east to the zuang limestone paradise 800k bc then arisen from
there.
as to language, japanese is the
closest to the 5k bc nauatl i am
using, and that's the altai mts,
in a few days i'll have the zhuang/
nauatl gloss up.

Jan said...

Hola Carlos.

This information is VERY interesting (quoted from your post):

millet, from milli(N)=field,
the western name for the grain. the japanese call it, awa=aua(N)=
water owner, a more basic name
for millet.

AWA or AUA, sounds very smiliar to the proto-Indo-European word for "water" -- ak(w)a -- Water. Derivatives are "island," "aquatic," "ewer," and "sewer." Related words "aqua," "agua," "Aquarian."

Is this one of those "root words" that demonstrates the existence of an extremely ancient Mother Tongue from which all subsequent languages arose?

carlos lascoutx said...

...a(tl)ua=aua(N)=aga(arab)=water owner, the (OE)=eigan/egan, the
-n(OE)=nauatl, the mother language
of english and all the others, the
ua(N)/wa- of water is the word,
own=ua(N) in nauatl. in breton,
pia oua(breton)=owner, actually,
the pious/pia(N) owner. the turk
of aga(arab)=agha(turk)=ahau(mayan)=lord, day20 tzolkin/tonalamatl.
wa/ua(N)=ow(n) combines with
ca(N)=being, to form, uaca(N)=
own being=wake(E), also the reverse, ca-ua(N), is prefix for
words such as, cavil, originally
meaning, cauilia(N)=to leave a
will(own up to being), also,
the word, slave=s/c(l)ava(letra)=
caua(N), but one has to watch for,
ue(N)=big, as in, ca(lli)ue=cave=
big house=ca-ve/ue(r)na(letra)=
caverna(sp)/cavern(E). the most
regular formation of caua(N)=
acabar(sp)=to finish, and, kabbala,
which has been made much of, meaning, receiving, but actually
referring to the oral transmission
of knowledge as last will, i.e., the finishing by passing on testament.
i disagree with what has been made of the testament, kabbala,
believing our spirits are our own, free will is the gift given,
but i've been known to count angels
on pins.

carlos lascoutx said...

...barley(E) and cebada(sp) are the same word, palli(N)=paint(black), the english word is straightforward, b/pall/ry(letra)=
barley=palli. the spanish includes
the ce(N)=one, e.g., ce uentli(N)=
se-ven se(r)ve cerf ciervo hirvi,
the d of pada= d=t/ll=b/pall/d(letra)=cebadada=cepatla=patla(N)=
alternate(paddle). so here we have
palli/patla(N)=paint/paddle.
wheat, is from, uitequi(N)=
to thresh, also the word, white,
uitz(N)=come(wits/whistle). tequi
(N)=who uses tetl(stone), tecpatl(N/18)=tequiti(N)=work, pay tribute= tequitl(N)=tribute, duty,
work tax, charge, why, if we take
the (te-) we've got, quid(Lat)pro
quo. cemithualli(N)=home;threshing floor=cemit/thualli=semite grain
merchants(arab and jew before
abraham), ithualli(N)=hall/wall,
note the, cemitta(N)/cemithualli,
tt/th. and peas are just, p's=
pi/opic(N).

carlos lascoutx said...

...now the 8k bc date in china is
also when pigs and dogs were raised as livestock, not just the beginning of agri, but you have to have aua(N/J)/millet=milli(N)=field
(military) before you can raise livestock. so the chinese get off the deer train begun in the altai,
yet evidence from the tonalamatl/book
souls is it existed during deer culture/deer=day7, framed in asia,
e.g., ozomatli=monkey and only later brushes with bear worship.
8k bc is also when the finns settle
finland, their clan, katunan=
ca tonatiuh(N)=being sun, and they are the purest roundhead cro-magnon
found.
our messengers for the eurasian
back and forth railway are the
berber/masyes/mazatl, the mazeltov
yectlalli(N)=israeli, but expecially the basques, for getting
nauatl east from pont d'arc and
quite possibly to zhuang, having in common with the turks bithynia
and apples, from where their cave
population was evangelisized, e.g.,
altzairu(basque)=steel=altai/altia
(N)=wash mts, and the turks themselves whose origin is claimed
by them as the altai/altia(N)=wash=
altin(turk)=gold.
so the language record, letra,
names the messengers. as for the zhuang their habitat is the complete small theatre for the larger one of afrika olduvai,
witness to the broad sweep of
inter-species history and the respect for it, the older brothers
and sisters of mankind, not like
the nomads who gave us religion
by beginning their trek in climate
problem europe, find their raingod,
tlaloc, and their totem deer/deor/
teotl tlaloa=talullah, then as climate grinds habitat down
the ladder to horse, beeves, molosser dogs, or, sheep, camel,
horse. oh, the other 8k bc date is the fall of gobekli, the hunter-
gatherer buzzard priest sanctuary
near eden(and actually proceeding the biblical story).
camel/ca(r)mel(mount)=camileua(N)/camiliui(N)=yellow up, mature,
in hebrew, meaning=fruitful. so the
camel named for its color.
so 8k bc/10k bpe, euro-glacial
retreats north with tlaloc and deer,
cities like ├žatal huyuk arise with
agriculture, the new god, who appears to eva/eve/eua(N)=leave(E).
and we are on the long sorry road of blood religion and how it got that way, veneration/venison.

carlos lascoutx said...

...bear worship began with Neander,
so it predates the Nomad Tlaloc deer epoch of the upper stone age, 45k-10k bce,
as Neander has a pebble-flaking site in northeastern siberia,
260k bce,
and a cave in present Finland,
120k bce.
Iueli(N)=poder-oso(sp)=bear=
Ber(N/Switz)=bear is all over europe, Swiss Ca(n)tons=
Ca(N)Tona-tiuh=Sun Being,
another name for solstice bear.
ah, Iueli(N)=Iu/v/beria,
Iu/v/bernia/hibernate,
I(N)U/ver-ness=neci/onez(N),
=the poder-oso=iueli(N)=
bear, nessy(Loch)nez/nose appears, and becomes the word for, winter
and hell in Latinate Langs: /invierno/infierno/hiver.
winter comes from wheat/white=
thresh=uitequi(N)=who/-qui(N/Lat)
ui-/whee!=ui/wi(n)te-r, but,
if not enough, tequitl(N)=community
work=te-tl quit/quitting stones
from fields or threshing wheat,
=quid/t/l(letra)=quid pro quo(Lat).
how do i dare jump from uitequi
to winter? well, letra supports it,
but there's more. the root word for, thresh=tzelzelhuia(N)=
tamizar/cernar/shake suits= z/t/th(r)e(l)sh/s/zelhuia=
seltzer(German)=
Tzeltal(Mayan tribe/Chiapas/Mex)=
tzetzeliui(N)=rain/snow.
i don0t know where the tzetze
fly comes in, but he needs to be
threshed too.

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