Rising seas made China's ancient mariners

Rising seas made China's ancient mariners

Environmental changes cultivated seafaring, not rice farming

By Bruce Bower, 14:36 PM April 1, 2011

A rising tide lifts all boats, but in a surprising twist, ascending sea levels launched a flotilla of rafts or canoes on voyages from China to Taiwan around 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests.

At a time when rice farming dominated in other regions, the inundation of the Fuzhou Basin in southeastern China starting about 9,000 years ago led to the creation of a maritime culture that eventually took to the seas, says a team led by archaeologist Barry Rolett of the University of Hawaii in Ho...

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