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The lithic assemblages of Donggutuo, Nihewan basin: Knapping skills of early pleistocene hominins in North China

Yang, Shi-Xia ; Petraglia, Michael D ; Hou, Ya-Mei ; Yue, Jian-Ping ; Deng, Cheng-Long ; Zhu, Ri-Xiang

PloS one, 2017, Vol.12(9), pp.e0185101 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    The lithic assemblages of Donggutuo, Nihewan basin: Knapping skills of early pleistocene hominins in North China
  • Autor: Yang, Shi-Xia ; Petraglia, Michael D ; Hou, Ya-Mei ; Yue, Jian-Ping ; Deng, Cheng-Long ; Zhu, Ri-Xiang
  • Assuntos: Hominidae ; Technology -- History
  • É parte de: PloS one, 2017, Vol.12(9), pp.e0185101
  • Descrição: Donggutuo (DGT) is one of the richest archaeological localities in the Nihewan Basin of North China, thereby providing key information about the technological behaviours of early hominins in eastern Asia. Although DGT has been subject of multiple excavations and technological studies over the past several decades, few detailed studies on the lithic assemblages have been published. Here we summarize and describe the DGT lithic assemblages, examining stone tool reduction methods and technological skills. DGT dates to ca. 1.1 Ma, close to the onset of the mid-Pleistocene climate transition (MPT), indicating that occupations at DGT coincided with increased environmental instability. During this time interval, the DGT knappers began to apply innovative flaking methods, using free hand hard hammer percussion (FHHP) to manufacture pre-determined core shapes, small flakes and finely retouched tools, while occasionally using the bipolar technique, in contrast to the earlier and nearby Nihewan site...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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