Neolithic Development on Jeju Island: Adaptation in a Broad Northeast Asian Perspective

Author(s): Geuntae Park

Year: 2017


Jeju Island, locating southwest from the mainland of Korea, documents the earliest Neolithic culture in Korea. The Neolithic period in Jeju can be divided into six phases (Incipient, Initial, Early, Middle, Late, Final). The Gosan-ri type pottery of the Incipient phase has been only identified in Jeju. From the Initial to Final phases, the applique, Youngseon-dong type, Bonggye-ri type, and double-rimmed types of pottery have been found in Jeju, parallel to the Neolithic development along the southern coastal region of Korea. Only the Tasseon chimseonmun, thick, slant line-patterned pottery type of the Middle Neolithic phase, has not been found in Jeju. This study examines Neolithic focuses on the Gosan-ri culture of the Incipient phase, an Early Holocene adaptation to island environments. The Gosan-ri culture shows the Upper Paleolithic lithic technology and Gosan-ri type pottery. One of the critical research issues on the Neolithic Jeju is the why the Incipient Neolithic culture has not been found in mainland Korea and whether this Gosanri type pottery of the Incipient phase can be understood within the Northeast Asian early pottery tradition, including China, Far Eastern Russian Primorye maritime region (Primorsky Krai), and Japan.

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Neolithic Development on Jeju Island: Adaptation in a Broad Northeast Asian Perspective. Geuntae Park. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431693)


Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16821