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Sedentism, pottery and inland fishing in Late Glacial Japan: a reassessment of the Maedakochi site

  • Kazuki Morisaki (a1), Noriyoshi Oda (a2), Dai Kunikita (a3), Yuka Sasaki (a4), Yasuko Kuronuma (a5), Akira Iwase (a6), Takeshi Yamazaki (a7), Naoichiro Ichida (a2) and Hiroyuki Sato (a8)...


The Palaeolithic–Neolithic transition in East Asia is characterised by the transformation of mobile hunter-gatherer groups into sedentary communities. The existence of ‘ice-age’ pottery in the Japanese archipelago, however, is inconsistent with claims that directly link climatic warming with sedentism and the development of ceramics. Here, the authors reconsider the chronology and palaeoenvironment of the Maedakochi site in Tokyo. New AMS dating and environmental data suggest that intensified inland fishing in cold environments, immediately prior to the Late Glacial warm period, created conditions conducive to sedentism and the development of subsistence-related pottery.


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Sedentism, pottery and inland fishing in Late Glacial Japan: a reassessment of the Maedakochi site

  • Kazuki Morisaki (a1), Noriyoshi Oda (a2), Dai Kunikita (a3), Yuka Sasaki (a4), Yasuko Kuronuma (a5), Akira Iwase (a6), Takeshi Yamazaki (a7), Naoichiro Ichida (a2) and Hiroyuki Sato (a8)...


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