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Early plant cultivation in the Eastern Woodlands of North America

Early plant cultivation in the Eastern Woodlands of North America

Foraging and farming: the evolution of plant exploitation: 555-571

The archaeological evidence indicates that a cucurbit, Cucurbita pepo or one of its progenitors, was possibly cultivated in this region of the USA 7000 years ago, although the remains may be of wild plants. C. pepo, however, has been decisively identified from 3rd and 4th millenium BC sites. Lagenaria siceraria also appears at 3rd millenium BC sites. These cucurbits are thought to have been grown to be used as containers (gourds) rather than as food.

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