The Late Upper Paleolithic occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin

David B. Madsen, Ma Haizhou, P. Jeffrey Brantingham, Gao Xing, David Rhode, Zhang Haiying, John W Olsen

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Abstract

The pre-Neolithic history of the Tibetan Plateau is virtually unknown. Test excavations of Late Paleolithic sites, described here, provide preliminary evidence that the initial occupation of the plateau's extreme environments was by small groups of foragers probably traveling from lower elevation plateau margins. These foragers occupied very short-term camps focused on the procurement and extensive processing of small-to-medium mammals. Five separate occupations date to 13-15,000 Cal yr BP, but limited survey data suggest mid-elevation locations may have been temporarily occupied as early as 25,000 years ago. Full-time, year-round occupation of the plateau probably did not take place until the early Neolithic advent of domesticated animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1433-1444
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume33
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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Keywords

  • Extreme environments
  • Foraging
  • Tibetan Plateau
  • Upper Paleolithic

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  • Archaeology

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Madsen, D. B., Haizhou, M., Brantingham, P. J., Xing, G., Rhode, D., Haiying, Z., & Olsen, J. W. (2006). The Late Upper Paleolithic occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin. Journal of Archaeological Science, 33(10), 1433-1444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2006.01.017

The Late Upper Paleolithic occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin. / Madsen, David B.; Haizhou, Ma; Brantingham, P. Jeffrey; Xing, Gao; Rhode, David; Haiying, Zhang; Olsen, John W.

In: Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 33, No. 10, 10.2006, p. 1433-1444.

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Madsen, DB, Haizhou, M, Brantingham, PJ, Xing, G, Rhode, D, Haiying, Z & Olsen, JW 2006, 'The Late Upper Paleolithic occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin', Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 33, no. 10, pp. 1433-1444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2006.01.017
Madsen DB, Haizhou M, Brantingham PJ, Xing G, Rhode D, Haiying Z et al. The Late Upper Paleolithic occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin. Journal of Archaeological Science. 2006 Oct;33(10):1433-1444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2006.01.017
Madsen, David B. ; Haizhou, Ma ; Brantingham, P. Jeffrey ; Xing, Gao ; Rhode, David ; Haiying, Zhang ; Olsen, John W. / The Late Upper Paleolithic occupation of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin. In: Journal of Archaeological Science. 2006 ; Vol. 33, No. 10. pp. 1433-1444.
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