Resource Intensification in the Late Upper Paleolithic: A View from Southern China

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Resource Intensification in the Late Upper Paleolithic: A View from Southern China

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Title: Resource Intensification in the Late Upper Paleolithic: A View from Southern China
Author: Bar-Yosef, Ofer; Prendergast, Mary E.; Yuan, Jiarong

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Citation: Prendergast, Mary E., Jiarong Yuan, Ofer Bar-Yosef. 2009. Resource intensification in the Late Upper Paleolithic: A view from southern China. Journal of Archaeological Science 36(4): 1027-1037.
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Abstract: Resource intensification is often viewed as a precursor to sedentism and thereby to agriculture. Late Upper Paleolithic sites in China are also seen as important precursors to the beginnings of sedentism and agriculture, but few faunal assemblages have been studied in detail and therefore little is known of pre-Neolithic economies in the region. A large faunal sample from a key site for early pottery and possible rice collection sheds light on subsistence strategies at the end of the Paleolithic. We apply an array of taphonomic analyses to the mammal remains to investigate the extent to which carcasses were processed for within-bone nutrients, which we see as a possible indicator of resource intensification. Determining if this is a regional trend, and/or represents diachronic change in subsistence strategies, will depend on the availability of comparative data in the future.
Published Version: doi:10.1016/j.jas.2008.12.002
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4554228

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