The paleolithic of Dzungaria (Xinjiang, Northwest China) based on materials from the Luotuoshi site

A. P. Derevianko, Gao Xing, J. W. Olsen, E. P. Rybin

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The paper reports the results of an analysis of surface collections of artifacts made at the Luotuoshi site in Dzungaria, Xinjiang, northwest China. The site was discovered in 2004 by a joint Chinese-Russian-American archaeological expedition. A techno-typological analysis of the artifacts was carried out noting aeolian abrasion of the artifacts' surfaces. This technocomplex is quite homogenous and is characterized by a combination of Levallois-like and subprismatic blade-based reduction techniques. Analogs of the Luotuoshi assemblage have been identified within the lithic industries of the Altai, the Orkhon-1 and Tolbor-4 sites in Mongolia, and at Shuidonggou in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in China, all of which have been attributed to the Early Upper Paleolithic. Luotuoshi is the first site associated with the blade-based Early Upper Paleolithic discovered in northwest China and its particular features make it possible to correlate this technocomplex with those from southern Siberia and northern Central Asia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-18
Number of pages17
JournalArchaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Central Asia
  • China
  • Early Upper Paleolithic
  • Xinjiang
  • lithic technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies


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