Radiocarbon Dates and Technological Change in Salt Production at the Site of Zhongba in the Three Gorges, China

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Radiocarbon Dates and Technological Change in Salt Production at the Site of Zhongba in the Three Gorges, China

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dc.contributor.author Flad, Rowan
dc.contributor.author Zhibin, Sun
dc.contributor.author Xiaohong, Wu
dc.contributor.author von Falkenhausen, Lothar
dc.contributor.author Shuicheng, Li
dc.contributor.author Chen, Pochan
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-12T17:39:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Flad, Rowan, Wu Xiaohong, Lothar von Falkenhausen, Li Shuicheng, Sun Zhibin, Pochan Chen. Forthcoming. Radiocarbon dates and technological change in salt production at the site of Zhongba in the Three Gorges, China. Asian Perspectives 48(1): 148-180. en
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 en
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:2920214
dc.description.abstract The pre-historic chronology of the Three Gorges region along the Yangzi River in China has become the focus of significant archaeological research in the last decade. The site of Zhongba is one of the most significant sites among those recently studied. Thirty-two radiocarbon dates produced by the C-14 laboratory at Peking University, and five additional dates from the Beta Analytic laboratory in the United States show a clear chronological profile of the activity periods at the site of Zhongba. This radiocarbon profile clarifies two very important issues related to the prehistory of the Three Gorges region. The dates anchor an emerging ceramic-based relative chronology in a series of stratigraphically-located absolute dates. This article discusses these results and suggests explanations for several anomalous dates. The sequence demonstrates the need to reassess radiocarbon sequences by means of ceramic seriation. The dates also demonstrate that three different vessel classes, which dominate the ceramic assemblage at Zhongba, and which are believed to have been used in salt production at the site, date to three chronologically distinct phases of activity. The differences among the three types suggest that they represent a sequence of technological changes in the process of salt production at the site. en
dc.description.sponsorship Anthropology en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/journals/ap/ en
dash.license OAP
dc.title Radiocarbon Dates and Technological Change in Salt Production at the Site of Zhongba in the Three Gorges, China en
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript
dc.relation.journal Asian Perspectives en
dash.depositing.author Flad, Rowan

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