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Radiocarbon Dating of the Mansuri Paleolithic Site, Cheongwon, Korea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

K J Kim*
Affiliation:
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, 30 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350, Korea.
A J T Jull
Affiliation:
NSF Arizona AMS Laboratory, University of Arizona, 1118 E. Fourth St., Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA.
Ju Yong Kim
Affiliation:
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, 30 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350, Korea.
Yung Jo Lee
Affiliation:
Institute of Korean Prehistory, 890 Bongmyeong-dong Heungdeok-gu, Cheongje, Chungbuk, Korea.
Wan Hong
Affiliation:
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, 30 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350, Korea.
Jung Hun Park
Affiliation:
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, 30 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350, Korea.
Hyung Joo Woo
Affiliation:
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, 30 Gajeong-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-350, Korea.
*
Corresponding author. Email: kjkim@kigam.re.kr.
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Construction of a new science complex in Osong, Cheongwon-gun, Korea, has allowed the investigation of 14 different Paleolithic localities, excavated during 2005–2007. Here, we investigated localities 1 and 12 of the Mansuri Paleolithic site to obtain chronological information using radiocarbon dating. The soil deposition rates varied from 0.09 to 0.15 mm/yr over the period ranging from 33 to 31 kyr BP for locality 1. Locality 12 samples were more recent, <10 ka, and have similar accumulation rates, averaging 0.11 mm/yr. The soil ages of locality 12 were found to be younger than 10 kyr BP. Results for both soil and organic materials at this locality gave much younger ages at shallower depths than the ages expected by the Korean Paleolithic cultural history for this region. Therefore, these more recent deposits may not be associated with the cultural layers and are interpreted to have been hydrologically modified following emplacement. 14C dates of the soil and organic materials at locality 12 confirm that there is evidence for multiple human occupations throughout the last 9 kyr BP.

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