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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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Item Summary Flad, Rowan K. Xiaohong, Wu (吳小紅) Von Falkenhausen, Lothar Shuicheng, L.I. (李水城) Zhibin, Sun (孫智彬) Chen, Pochan (陳伯楨) 2013-05-23T18:11:30Z 2013-05-23T18:11:30Z 2009
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
dc.description.abstract The prehistoric chronology of the Three Gorges region along the Yangzi River in China has only 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 ceramicbased relative chronology in a series of stratigraphically associated 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 di¤erent 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 di¤erences among the three types suggest that they represent a sequence of technological changes in the process of salt production at the site.
dc.format.extent 33 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 48
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 1
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.subject radiocarbon
dc.subject Three Gorges
dc.subject China
dc.subject technological change
dc.subject salt production
dc.subject Yangzi River
dc.subject Zhongba
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
dc.title Radiocarbon Dates and Technological Change in Salt Production at the Site of Zhongba in the Three Gorges, China
dc.type Other
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2009 - Volume 48, Number 1 (Spring)

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