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The Neolithic of the Middle Dadu River Valley in Southwest China: Recent Discoveries and New Insights

Author(s): Liu Huashi

Year: 2017

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In recent years, a large number of Neolithic remains have been found in the middle reaches of the Dadu River in Southwest China, most importantly in the valleys of Hanyuan and Shimian. Excavations conducted at the settlement cluster around Maiping site have led to the discovery of numerous features and object finds displaying strong local characteristics. This paper introduces these finds, highlighting their importance for understanding of local prehistoric developments. The middle Dadu River region forms an independent geographic unit whose early archaeological remains display strong local characteristics, combining a large number of microliths with local-style Neolithic ceramics including jars with decorated lips carrying shallow saw-tooth indentations, appliqué points, and fine corded-ware impressions on the vessel bottom. Considering the strong local characteristics of the assemblages and the dense distribution of similar finds within the region, this facies can be ascribed to the same "Maiping Culture." Based on these recent discoveries of a large number of sites, features, and objects combined with a scientific analysis of the archaeological material, this paper sketches the local cultural development during the middle and late Neolithic.

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The Neolithic of the Middle Dadu River Valley in Southwest China: Recent Discoveries and New Insights. Liu Huashi. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431125)


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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): 15052

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