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Preliminary Results from a Multi-Methodological Approach on a Refuse Pit from the Middle Shang Period at Huanbei

Author(s): Natasha Osing ; Mengyang Wu ; Yuling He

Year: 2017

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In the study of refuse pits from Bronze Age China, much effort has been invested in defining chronologies illustrated by ceramic typology, while overlooking the practices surrounding the usage of the pits. Our research is intended to capture and interpret depositional behaviors related to domestic ritual and social organization and transformation during the middle Shang period. We are presenting our preliminary results of a refuse pit (2016NEK0541H128) excavated at Huanbei (late 14th century – mid 13th century BCE) in the summer of 2016. Excavation uncovered a variety of ceramic sherds and numerous animal bones, as well as two nearly complete human skeletons. Our results were obtained from a multi-methodological approach, whereby osteological analysis, coupled with statistical analysis of the pottery remains, were employed. We seek to integrate the results derived from these different methods in order to assess what was being created, employed, and deposited within this pit, which will highlight the impact of culturally contingent factors influencing daily practice.


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Preliminary Results from a Multi-Methodological Approach on a Refuse Pit from the Middle Shang Period at Huanbei. Natasha Osing, Mengyang Wu, Yuling He. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431605)


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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): 16367

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