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THE UPPER PALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH CHINA: THE XIACHUAN CULTURE

THE UPPER PALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH CHINA: THE XIACHUAN CULTURE THE UPPER PALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH CHINA: THE XIACHUAN CULTURE BY TANG CHUNG (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Abstract A rich assemblage of typical Late Palaeolithic stone tools was found at the Xiachuan Culture sites in Shanxi Province, China. The greyish-brown soil layer in the upper part of Stratum I (radiocarbon dated to ca. 20,000 b.p. or earlier) at the site of Fuyihe yielded a large amount of Xiachuan Culture lithics. The Xiachuan assemblage is rep- resentative of the Late Palaeolithic in North-Central China, and it includes blade cores and various microblade cores, burins, backed blades, scrapers,  akes, and cores. The microblade cores are of two principal types: wedge-shaped and conical. There are also some large stone implements such as adze-shaped objects, stone hammers, stone grinding slabs, and stone bowls. This article distinguishes six classes of Xiachuan burins. Location and environment of the Xiachuan Culture sites Xiachuan Culture sites are located east of the Zhongtiao mountains in Shanxi Province, stretching across the counties of Yuanqu , Qinshui , and Yangcheng . The most signiŽ cant site is the typesite, located in the Xiachuan Basin of Qinshui County and surrounded by the high and steep Lishan mountains. The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

THE UPPER PALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH CHINA: THE XIACHUAN CULTURE

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 2 (1): 37 – Jan 1, 2000

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© 2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6813
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10.1163/156852300509781
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THE UPPER PALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH CHINA: THE XIACHUAN CULTURE BY TANG CHUNG (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Abstract A rich assemblage of typical Late Palaeolithic stone tools was found at the Xiachuan Culture sites in Shanxi Province, China. The greyish-brown soil layer in the upper part of Stratum I (radiocarbon dated to ca. 20,000 b.p. or earlier) at the site of Fuyihe yielded a large amount of Xiachuan Culture lithics. The Xiachuan assemblage is rep- resentative of the Late Palaeolithic in North-Central China, and it includes blade cores and various microblade cores, burins, backed blades, scrapers,  akes, and cores. The microblade cores are of two principal types: wedge-shaped and conical. There are also some large stone implements such as adze-shaped objects, stone hammers, stone grinding slabs, and stone bowls. This article distinguishes six classes of Xiachuan burins. Location and environment of the Xiachuan Culture sites Xiachuan Culture sites are located east of the Zhongtiao mountains in Shanxi Province, stretching across the counties of Yuanqu , Qinshui , and Yangcheng . The most signiŽ cant site is the typesite, located in the Xiachuan Basin of Qinshui County and surrounded by the high and steep Lishan mountains. The

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Journal of East Asian ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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