The spread of wheat from West Asia to China has experienced a long time and complicated paths. In particular, the plant archaeological studies reveal that the spread of wheat in China presents the phenomenon of time-space inversion and multi-point synchronization, which makes it difficult to justify the description of the simple linear path of wheat spread from west to east. From the perspective of crop anthropology, the spread of wheat is based on the combination of factors including climate change, physical and geographical conditions, farming techniques and cultural exchanges. The discussion on the spread track of wheat in China should integrate archaeological remains, natural conditions, livelihood style, ethnic communication, cultural changes, etc. From the perspective of nationalities and ethnic groups, the flow of people and cultural exchange should be put in the first place. The Eurasian steppe channel and the Silk Road are the two ethnic channels through which wheat spreads to China. First of all, wheat spread from eastern Central Asia to Shandong in a short period of time and was widely planted, which was a rapid spread through the Eurasian steppe channel. Second, the track of the eastward spread of wheat along the route of Silk Road can be confirmed by the wheat flour culture and customs retained by all ethnic groups in the Tibetan-Yi Corridor in China. Therefore, the ethnic channel provides a more concrete and diversified cognitive way for the study of wheat spread in China.
2. The Origin of Wheat in West Asia and Its Spread to China
3. The Inversion of Time and Space of Wheat Spread in China
4. The Ethnic Channel and the Spread of Wheat in China