The Middle Upper Paleolithic of the Transbaikal, Russia: Ice Age Humans in Southern Siberia
The Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, 26-20 kya) was a time of reduced global temperatures. Southern Siberia, where decades of Paleolithic research have demonstrated a keen link between environment and middle Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherer behavior, offers a unique testing ground to examine various ecologically sound models about whether human populations declined or disappeared during the height of the last ice age. Other unanswered questions have to do with the origin and dispersal of microliths in the area. Here we discuss evidence for and against LGM occupation of the Transbaikal Region with an emphasis on radiocarbon dating and technology. Included is an introduction to Lagernaya, an apparently pre-LGM site where excavations are going on to address questions about the topic.
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The Middle Upper Paleolithic of the Transbaikal, Russia: Ice Age Humans in Southern Siberia. Ian Buvit, Karisa Terry, Steven Hackenberger, Irina Razgildeeva, Masami Izuho. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404563)