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AMS Radiocarbon Dating of the Fengxi Site in Shaanxi, China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

Zhiyu Guo*
Affiliation:
Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education and Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Kexin Liu
Affiliation:
Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education and Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Sixun Yuan
Affiliation:
College of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Xiaohong Wu
Affiliation:
College of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Kun Li
Affiliation:
Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education and Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Xiangyang Lu
Affiliation:
Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education and Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Jinxia Wang
Affiliation:
Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing 100710, China
Hongji Ma
Affiliation:
Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education and Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Shijun Gao
Affiliation:
College of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Lianggao Xu
Affiliation:
Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing 100710, China
*Corresponding
Corresponding author. Email: zhyguo@pku.edu.cn.
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The Fengxi site is near the Feng River in Shaanxi Province, China. Feng City was the capital of the vassal state of Zhou, and the Zhou people lived in this area until the end of the Western Zhou. Serial samples of charcoal, bone, and charred millet were collected from the site and dated by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). A sequence model with 6 phases of the Western Zhou dynasty was constructed and the 14C ages were calibrated with OxCal v 3.9. The results showed that the site was used from 1170–1070 BC until 825–755 BC, and the Conquest of Shang by King Wu most probably occurred during 1060–1000 BC.

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