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Subsistence in the Late Pleistocene of China: A view from Laonainaimiao site

Author(s): Tongli Qu

Year: 2017

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The paper presents the taphonomic and zooarchaeological analyses of the fauna from the Laonainaimiao site of Late Pleistocene in the central plain area of China. The taphonomy observation shows that the bones were accumulated by human activity. The taxa of the fossil assemblage is composed mainly of Equidae and Bos primigenius, followed by gazelle, deer, wild boar, rhinoceros etc. Most carcasses of Equidae and Bos were likely to be transported to the site as a whole. The carcasses were intensively exploited for marrow and grease, probably due to the lack of fat during the harsh season. A prime-age dominated profile of the Equidae and Bos indicates the capability of hunting and the potential cooperative behavior. Laonainaimiao site addes important insight into the subsistence and culture in the middle Upper Pleistocene in China.

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Subsistence in the Late Pleistocene of China: A view from Laonainaimiao site. Tongli Qu. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431271)


Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 15829

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