Middle Palaeolithic human dispersal in Central Asia: New archaeological investigations in the Orkhon Valley, Mongolia

Arina M. Khatsenovich, Evgeny P. Rybin, Dashzeveg Bazargur, Daria V. Marchenko, Sergei A. Kogai, Tatiana A. Shevchenko, Alexei M. Klementiev, Byambaa Gunchinsuren, John W Olsen

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Abstract

Well-stratified Middle Palaeolithic assemblages are extremely rare in Mongolia. Initially investigated between the 1960s and 1990s, three major Middle Palaeolithic sites in the Orkhon Valley of central Mongolia yielded a large quantity of data and generated many research questions that still await answers. Re-investigation of these sites has uncovered chronostratigraphic and cultural sequences that may shed new light on human dispersal routes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAntiquity
Volume93
Issue number370
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Central Asia
  • lithics
  • Middle Palaeolithic
  • Mongolia
  • OSL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Khatsenovich, A. M., Rybin, E. P., Bazargur, D., Marchenko, D. V., Kogai, S. A., Shevchenko, T. A., Klementiev, A. M., Gunchinsuren, B., & Olsen, J. W. (2019). Middle Palaeolithic human dispersal in Central Asia: New archaeological investigations in the Orkhon Valley, Mongolia. Antiquity, 93(370). https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.111