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AMS Radiocarbon Dating of Tianma-Qucun Site in Shanxi, China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

Zhiyu Guo*
Affiliation:
Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University and Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871, China Department of Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Kexin Liu
Affiliation:
Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University and Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871, China
Xiangyang Lu
Affiliation:
Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University and Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871, China
Hongji Ma
Affiliation:
Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University and Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871, China
Kun Li
Affiliation:
Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University and Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871, China
Jinglin Yuan
Affiliation:
Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University and Key Laboratory of Heavy Ion Physics, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871, China
Sixun Yuan
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Xiaohong Wu
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Xu Liu
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
*
Corresponding author. Email: zhyguo@pku.edu.cn
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Tianma-Qucun is the biggest site of Western Zhou Dynasty discovered in Shanxi Province, China. It has been recognized as the early capital of Jin, a vassal state of Western Zhou. The territories were granted to the first Marquis of Jin with the title in the early days of Western Zhou. Bone sample series from the site were radiocarbon-dated by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and calibrated with the Oxford calibration program OxCal 3.5. Bayesian analysis of the calibrated ages shows that the earliest residents of the Western Zhou came to Tianma-Qucun area in 1020–940 BC and the lower boundary of the Western Zhou is 796–754 BC, which corresponds well to the historical record 770 BC.

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