Paleolithic research in China

Xing Gao, Ying Guan, Xin Xu, John W Olsen

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Abstract

Nearly a century of archaeological research in China has uncovered a rich record of ancestral human occupation, including both fossil remains and associated material culture. China’s complex twentieth century history, including a long period of relative scientific isolation during the 1950s-1970s, naturally had a profound influence on the style and content of prehistoric, including Paleolithic, archaeology undertaken there. Today, paleoanthropologists around the world recognize that China has yielded some of the world’s most important assemblages of human ancestral fossils and archaeological remains, including a population of Homo erectus from Zhoukoudian and other sites, which is unparalleled elsewhere. Since the 1980s, Chinese paleoanthropologists have been increasingly integrated within the international scholarly community; a process that has both benefited our understanding of China’s own abundant record of prehistoric occupation as well as highlighting the lessons to be learned from the Chinese case with respect to the trajectories of hominin biocultural evolution worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages241-276
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9781493965212
ISBN (Print)9781493965199
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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China
archaeology
social isolation
twentieth century
Palaeolithic
history
community
Fossil
Archaeological Research
History
Homo Erectus
1970s
Isolation
1950s
Archaeological Remains
Material Culture
Assemblages
Trajectory
1980s
Palaeolithic Archaeology

Keywords

  • China
  • Intellectual history
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleolithic
  • Pleistocene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Gao, X., Guan, Y., Xu, X., & Olsen, J. W. (2017). Paleolithic research in China. In Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology (pp. 241-276). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6521-2_18

Paleolithic research in China. / Gao, Xing; Guan, Ying; Xu, Xin; Olsen, John W.

Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology. Springer New York, 2017. p. 241-276.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gao, X, Guan, Y, Xu, X & Olsen, JW 2017, Paleolithic research in China. in Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology. Springer New York, pp. 241-276. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6521-2_18
Gao X, Guan Y, Xu X, Olsen JW. Paleolithic research in China. In Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology. Springer New York. 2017. p. 241-276 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6521-2_18
Gao, Xing ; Guan, Ying ; Xu, Xin ; Olsen, John W. / Paleolithic research in China. Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology. Springer New York, 2017. pp. 241-276
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