Topic ID #38890 - posted 10/26/2017 2:16 PM

Late Pleistocene Human Migrations in China

Charlie Hatchett

"...In addition, blade industries from Siberia or northwest Asia first arrived in the northwest of China during the late MIS 3 and then reached Central China about 25,000 years BP. Similarly, the wedge-shaped microblade core industries found in the Nihewan Basin may represent another migration wave from Siberia and northeast Asia to North China. Summing up, based on the current archaeological record, several hominin dispersal episodes, mainly occurring from north to south, affected China during the Late Pleistocene..."

Late Pleistocene Human Migrations in China
Youping Wang

Many archaeological and paleoanthropological discoveries have been made in China over the last 2 decades. Among these findings, I particularly note the recently excavated Late Pleistocene sites in the loess plateau in northern China and others found in a number of river basins in southern China. They all provide significant new information concerning Late Pleistocene human migrations across this vast region. A result of these excavations is the confirmation that flake- and pebble-tool industries dominated the region before the late marine isotope stage (MIS) 3. Small-flake-tool assemblages emerged suddenly during the late MIS 3 in South China. Blade industry first arrived in northwest China at the end of MIS 3, and microblade assemblages appeared in the loess plateau and the surrounding areas at a later stage. In this paper I briefly introduce the progress in Chinese Paleolithic archaeology and discusses Late Pleistocene human migrations and related issues.


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