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Preliminary Results from the New Excavation at the Upper Paleolithic Site of Shuidonggou Locality 2, Ningxia (China)

Author(s): Fei Peng ; Sam Lin ; Nicolas Zwyns ; Jialong Guo ; Xing Gao

Year: 2017

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Shuidonggou, a site complex containing multiple Upper Paleolithic localities in Ningxia Province, China, is one of a few archaeological examples in North China that contain artifacts of a blade technology similar to those of the Initial Upper Paleolithic (IUP) in Mongolia and Siberia 30–40 ka. At Locality 2, the occurrence of two blade cores in the lower layers dated to ~34–41 ka; and has led the lithic industry of the locality to be separated into those of the so-called IUP and others of the core-and-flake technology. This is characteristic of the Paleolithic in northern China between 1.6 ma and ~30 ka. However, due to the limited sample of artifacts' diagnostics of the IUP blade technology and a lack of consistent dates, the timing and technological affinity represented at Locality 2 remains unclear. There is reported preliminary results from a renewed excavation of Locality 2 beginning in 2014. The lithic assemblages of culture layers 1–3 are characterized by the typical core-and-flake technology of the Chinese Paleolithic, although variation between bipolar and free-hand percussion was identified. In addition, numerous ostrich egg shell beads and a single bone pendant were also recovered from the upper layers.


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Preliminary Results from the New Excavation at the Upper Paleolithic Site of Shuidonggou Locality 2, Ningxia (China). Fei Peng, Sam Lin, Nicolas Zwyns, Jialong Guo, Xing Gao. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429195)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15865

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America