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Early Pottery in South China

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dc.contributor.author L, Tracey L-D
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-23T18:12:58Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-23T18:12:58Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/29097
dc.description.abstract Potsherds of thick walls with coarse inclusions have been found in several archaeological sites in South China, associated with flaked or ground stone tools and ground organic implements. This paper focuses on the natural and cultural contexts, the chronology, and the characteristics of the early pottery found in South China, as well as the impetus to the origin of pottery and several related issues. It is argued that the earliest potters in South China were a¿uent foragers, who lived on diversified natural resources and were members of egalitarian societies. The earliest pottery in this region is tentatively dated to approximately 12,000 years ago, characterized by thick, crumbled walls built by hand pinching and without decoration. Although potsherds found in South China may not be the earliest in terms of the absolute dates, they represent the very beginning of pottery manufacturing as a technological invention from the terminal Pleistocene to the early Holocene in southern East Asia. Based on current archaeological data and the results of multi-disciplinary analyses, it is argued that South China seems to have been an area for the origin of pottery, which might have been associated with subsistence strategy changes. Furthermore, there might have been cultural exchanges between the prehistoric potters in South China and those in adjacent areas.
dc.format.extent 42 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 49
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 1
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
dc.subject South China
dc.subject pottery
dc.subject terminal Pleistocene
dc.subject early Holocene
dc.subject foragers
dc.subject subsistence strategies
dc.subject exchange
dc.subject ethnoarchaeology
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 Early Pottery in South China
dc.type Other
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2010 - Volume 49, Number 1 (Spring)


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