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Re-examination of the dates of large blade technology in China: A comparison of Shuidonggou Locality 1 and Locality 2

Li, Feng ; Kuhn, Steven L ; Gao, Xing ; Chen, Fu-You

Journal of Human Evolution, February 2013, Vol.64(2), pp.161-168 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Re-examination of the dates of large blade technology in China: A comparison of Shuidonggou Locality 1 and Locality 2
  • Autor: Li, Feng ; Kuhn, Steven L ; Gao, Xing ; Chen, Fu-You
  • Assuntos: Upper Paleolithic ; Radiocarbon Dates ; Asia ; Lithic Industry/Technology ; Anthropology ; Biology
  • É parte de: Journal of Human Evolution, February 2013, Vol.64(2), pp.161-168
  • Descrição: The presence and age of large blade technology at the Shuidonggou site is a pivotal issue in discussions of the spread of blade technology in East Eurasia. Madsen and colleagues' influential work uses the dates (24,000–29,000 rcy BP [radiocarbon years before present]) they obtained from Shuidonggou Locality 2 to estimate the age of blade technology in this region, and suggested a very late arrival of Levallois-like blade technology from the north. This paper re-examines the evidence for the age of blade technology at Shuidonggou by comparing the lithic assemblages from the new excavations at Locality 2 with those from Locality 1. Several important points are demonstrated: (1) the lithic industry of cultural layers 1 through 4 at Locality 2 is not based on large blades, so reported dates from these layers cannot be an indicator of the age of large blade technology; (2) comparing Locality 1 and 2, the age of large blade technology appears to be around 34,000–38,000 calendar years...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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