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Neolithisation in the southern Lesser Khingan Mountains: lithic technologies and ecological adaptation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 July 2019

Jian-Ping Yue
Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 142 Xizhimenwai Street, Beijing 100044, P.R. China CAS Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, 142 Xizhimenwai Street, Beijing 100044, P.R. China University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19(A) Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049, P.R. China
You-Qian Li
Heilongjiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, 44 Xuande Street, Harbin 150008, P.R. China
Shi-Xia Yang*
Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 142 Xizhimenwai Street, Beijing 100044, P.R. China CAS Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, 142 Xizhimenwai Street, Beijing 100044, P.R. China Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, 10 Kahlaische Street, Jena 07745, Germany
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North-east China occupies an important geographic position for understanding the process of Neolithisation in East Asia. Although archaeologists have long debated the trajectory of change in this region, a lack of intensive survey and excavation has precluded convincing interpretations. This article presents research on the newly excavated sites of Huayang and Taoshan in the southern Lesser Khingan Mountains, with a particular focus on the lithic assemblages. Comparative and environmental analyses demonstrate the largely uniform trajectory of lithic technologies across north-east China and close correspondence with Late Glacial palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental changes.

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