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The loess/paleosol record and the nature of the younger dryas climate in central China

Geoarchaeology - An International Journal

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Abstract

The use of latest Pleistocene-Holocene paleosols in defining Chinese climatic sequences is plagued by poor chronological controls caused primarily by the use of radiocarbon dates derived from bulk soil carbon. Dating of a post-glacial aeolian/paleosol sequence in the Pigeon Mountain basin of north-central China, using culturally deposited charcoal, support a wide array of other data suggesting the Younger Dryas was a period of cooler dryer conditions marked by wide-spread aeolian deposition. Periods of soil formation and higher lake levels bracket this climatic event. Climatic variability immediately before, during and immediately after the Younger Dryas interval is associated with rapid technological elaboration and innovation in the production and use of chipped stone tools, and perhaps, ground stone. ?? 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The loess/paleosol record and the nature of the younger dryas climate in central China
Series title:
Geoarchaeology - An International Journal
Volume
13
Issue:
8
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Geoarchaeology - An International Journal
First page:
847
Last page:
869
Number of Pages:
23