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A response to Keates and Kuzmin

  • Feng Li (a1), Steven L. Kuhn (a2) and Xing Gao (a1)


Susan Keates and Yaroslav Kuzmin have contributed valuable comments on our assessment of the chronology and technological characteristics of Shuidonggou localities 1 and 2. These comments have demonstrated some discordance in our publications that should be corrected here. Their rationale for abandoning the conclusions altogether is, however, weak at best. Most importantly, there is no reason to return to the chronology for the Initial Upper Palaeolithic (hereafter termed IUP) assemblages at the Shuidonggou site complex (SDG) proposed by Madsen et al. (2001). Keates and Kuzmin's critique focuses on two separate issues: the first is our characterisation of the assemblages from the lower part of SDG 2, and the second is our handling of the dates. We will address these in order.



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Madsen, D.B., Li, J., Brantingham, P.J., Gao, X., Elston, R.G. & Bettinger, R.L.. 2001. Dating Shuidonggou and the Upper Palaeolithic blade industry in China. Antiquity 75: 706–16.
Morgan, C., Barton, L., Yi, M., Bettinger, R.L., Gao, X. & Peng, F.. 2014. Redating Shuidonggou locality 1 and implications for the Initial Upper Paleolithic in East Asia. Radiocarbon 56: 165–79.
Nian, X., Gao, X. & Zhou, L.. 2014. Chronological studies of Shuidonggou (SDG) locality 1 and their significance for archaeology. Quaternary International 347: 511.
Pei, S., Gao, X., Wang, H., Kuman, K., Bae, C.J., Chen, F., Guan, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, X., Peng, F. & Li, X.. 2012. The Shuidonggou site complex: new excavations and implications for the earliest Late Paleolithic in North China. Journal of Archaeological Science 39: 3610–26.

A response to Keates and Kuzmin

  • Feng Li (a1), Steven L. Kuhn (a2) and Xing Gao (a1)


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