Radiocarbon Dating of Charcoal and Bone Collagen Associated with Early Pottery at Yuchanyan Cave, Hunan Province, China

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Radiocarbon Dating of Charcoal and Bone Collagen Associated with Early Pottery at Yuchanyan Cave, Hunan Province, China

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dc.contributor.author Boaretto, Elisabetta
dc.contributor.author Wu, Xiaohong
dc.contributor.author Yuan, Jiarong
dc.contributor.author Bar-Yosef, Ofer
dc.contributor.author Pan, Yan
dc.contributor.author Cohen, David
dc.contributor.author Jiao, Tianlong
dc.contributor.author Li, Shuicheng
dc.contributor.author Gu, Haibin
dc.contributor.author Goldberg, Paul S.
dc.contributor.author Weiner, Steve
dc.contributor.author Chu, Vikki
dc.contributor.author Liu, Kexin
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-07T19:39:27Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Boaretto, Elisabetta, Xiaohong Wu, Jiarong Yuan, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Vikki Chu, Yan Pan, Kexin Liu, et al. 2009. Radiocarbon dating of charcoal and bone collagen associated with early pottery at Yuchanyan Cave, Hunan Province, China. PNAS 106(24): 9595-9600. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0027-8424 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4270522
dc.description.abstract Yuchanyan Cave in Daoxian County, Hunan Province (People's Republic of China), yielded fragmentary remains of 2 or more ceramic vessels, in addition to large amounts of ash, a rich animal bone assemblage, cobble and flake artifacts, bone tools, and shell tools. The artifacts indicate that the cave was a Late Paleolithic foragers' camp. Here we report on the radiocarbon ages of the sediments based on analyses of charcoal and bone collagen. The best-preserved charcoal and bone samples were identified by prescreening in the field and laboratory. The dates range from around 21,000 to 13,800 cal BP. We show that the age of the ancient pottery ranges between 18,300 and 15,430 cal BP. Charcoal and bone collagen samples located above and below one of the fragments produced dates of around 18,000. These ceramic potsherds therefore provide some of the earliest evidence for pottery making in China. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Anthropology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher National Academy of Sciences en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1073/pnas.0900539106 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject Yangzi River en_US
dc.subject ancient ceramics en_US
dc.subject archaeology en_US
dc.subject 14C en_US
dc.title Radiocarbon Dating of Charcoal and Bone Collagen Associated with Early Pottery at Yuchanyan Cave, Hunan Province, China en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America en_US
dash.depositing.author Bar-Yosef, Ofer
dc.date.available 2010-07-07T19:39:27Z

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