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The Influence Holocene Changes in Hydrological Conditions and River Course Migration of the Jing and Wei Rivers on the Yangguanzhai Settlement

Author(s): Ke Hu ; Weilin Wang

Year: 2017

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Yangguanzhai is located in Xi’an, Shaanxi, at the confluence of the Jing and Wei Rivers. There is an evidence that during the Holocene, the area experienced two major hydrological changes: first, in the middle Holocene, the Jing and Wei Rivers experienced a long period of elevated water levels; and second, over the course of the Holocene, the Wei River moved north while the Jing River moved south. This research used a stratigraphic analysis and GIS to reconstruct the change of the river courses near Yangguanzhai, and clarified its influence on the surrounding environment as well as its role in the settlement and abandonment of Yangguanzhai. We conclude that hydrological conditions were an important factor in the history of the site’s occupation.


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The Influence Holocene Changes in Hydrological Conditions and River Course Migration of the Jing and Wei Rivers on the Yangguanzhai Settlement. Ke Hu, Weilin Wang. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429745)


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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): 13182

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