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Dating Shuidonggou and the Upper Palaeolithic blade industry in North China

Antiquity

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Abstract

Shuidonggou is unique within the Chinese Palaeolithic sequence and its assemblage is reminiscent of Upper Palaeolithic core-and-blade technologies in Mongolia and southern Siberia. Limited chronological controls have prevented evaluation of this technology in both the Chinese and greater Eurasian Palaeolithic. Dating of recently discovered hearths at Locality 2 places Shuidonggou firmly at 29,000-24,000 BP, and suggests the spread of the Eurasian large blade technology was primarily from north to south. The concurrent production of small microblade-like bipolar bladelets at the site may also presage the development of a microlithic industry.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Dating Shuidonggou and the Upper Palaeolithic blade industry in North China
Series title:
Antiquity
Volume
75
Issue:
290
Year Published:
2001
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Antiquity
First page:
706
Last page:
716
Number of Pages:
11