Ancient Chinese farmers sowed literal seeds of change in Southeast Asia

DNA analysis of 4,000-year-old skeletons suggests migrants helped spread farming and languages

Man Bac archaeological site

CHINA TIES  Excavations at Vietnam’s Man Bac site, including this work in 2007, uncovered skeletons of farmers from around 4,000 years ago. DNA from these skeletons supports an idea that ancient migrants from southern China spread farming and languages throughout much of Southeast Asia.

Lorna Tilley

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