Lithic Raw Material Use at the Late Middle Pleistocene Site of Panxian Dadong

dc.contributor.author Miller-Antonio, Sari en_US
dc.contributor.author Schepartz, Lynne A. en_US
dc.contributor.author Karkanas, Panagiotis en_US
dc.contributor.author Yamei, Hou en_US
dc.contributor.author Weiwen, Huang en_US
dc.contributor.author Bekken, Deborah en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-04T19:53:02Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-04T19:53:02Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.description.abstract The possibility of selective use of lithic raw material in the Middle Pleistocene cave deposits of Panxian Dadong is examined in order to evaluate hominid strategies of resource management. Limestone, chert, and basalt, available in or nearby the cave, were differentially used for the production of tools and unretouched flakes. Limestone was predominantly used to produce expedient tools, unretouched flakes were most commonly made of basalt, and chert was most frequently used to produce retouched flakes and tools. Patterns in the reduction sequence for each raw material also indicate that these lithic resources were selectively used. The early stages of core reduction are clearly represented in basalt flakes, whereas chert artifacts exhibit the later stages of tool production and the greatest degree of resharpening. When the selection of raw material is examined through time, over a span of more than 100,000 years, two patterns are clear. The proportion of chert and basalt and the overall frequency of artifacts increases. These changes in the frequency and selection of raw material occur without a techno-typological change. The major shifts in raw material usage correlate with a colder climatic regime and may relate to the intensified use of the cave for animal carcass processing and shelter. KEYWORDS: Middle Pleistocene, lithics, reduction sequence, hominid. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Miller-Antonio, S., L. A. Schepartz, P. Karkanas, H. Yamei, H. Weiwen, and D. Bekken. 2004. Lithic Raw Material Use at the Late Middle Pleistocene Site of Panxian Dadong. Asian Perspectives 43 (2): 314-32. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17215
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 43 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 2 en_US
dc.subject Middle Pleistocene en_US
dc.subject lithics en_US
dc.subject reduction sequence en_US
dc.subject hominid en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Lithic Raw Material Use at the Late Middle Pleistocene Site of Panxian Dadong en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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