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Transition from the Prehistoric Age to the Historic Age: The Early Iron Age on the Korean Peninsula

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Title:Transition from the Prehistoric Age to the Historic Age: The Early Iron Age on the Korean Peninsula
Authors:Yi, Kisung
Keywords:Korea
Early Iron Age
chronology
ironware
metallurgy
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history vs. prehistory
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Date Issued:2015
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Series:Volume 54
Number 1
Abstract:In the prehistoric period in Korea, the appearance of metallurgy is viewed by archaeologists as having a significant impact on the growth of complex societies by providing the technology for greater agricultural production. Within Korean archaeology, the period of 300 to 100 b.c. is classified as the Early Iron Age. The Early Iron Age is situated between the Bronze Age and the Proto–Three Kingdoms period and is culturally significant because it served as a transitional period from the Prehistoric Age to the Historic Age. Despite this significance, the period’s cultural characteristics, area of origin, and relationship with indigenous culture have yet to be explained. The Early Iron Age is primarily defined by the Jeomtodae (clay-striped) pottery culture and slender bronze dagger culture. Although it is generally accepted that ironware culture originated in the Early Iron Age, the Jeomtodae pottery culture and slender bronze dagger culture are not interpreted in the same way all the time. In addition, Chinese literature indicates the names of countries that existed in some parts of the Korean Peninsula. This article aims to examine the concept and cultural characteristics of the Early Iron Age and to review various issues dealt with in studies on the Early Iron Age.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/55551
ISSN:0066-8435 (Print)
1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2015 - Volume 54, Number 1 (Spring)


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