The development of Upper Palaeolithic China: New results from the Shuidonggou site

Feng Li, Xing Gao, Fuyou Chen, Shuwen Pei, Yue Zhang, Xiaoling Zhang, Decheng Liu, Shuangquan Zhang, Ying Guan, Huimin Wang, Steven L. Kuhn

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Abstract

The Shuidonggou site cluster in northern China contains 12 different early prehistoric sequences with great potential to cast light on the transition to Upper Palaeolithic behaviour in East Asia. Here researchers present the latest results from Locality 2, reporting seven occupation levels with hearths, animal bone and diverse industries. Although previously compared with European Upper Palaeolithic sequences, the new work proposes a different trajectory of development. Distinctive macroblade technology arrived in the area, possibly from Mongolia or Siberia, about 41 000-34 000 years ago. This industry subsequently disappeared, to be replaced by flake technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-383
Number of pages16
JournalAntiquity
Volume87
Issue number336
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • China
  • Lithic technology
  • Oxygen Isotope Stage 3
  • Shuidonggou Locality 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Li, F., Gao, X., Chen, F., Pei, S., Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Liu, D., Zhang, S., Guan, Y., Wang, H., & Kuhn, S. L. (2013). The development of Upper Palaeolithic China: New results from the Shuidonggou site. Antiquity, 87(336), 368-383. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003598X00049000