Assessing the Reality of a Palaeolithic “Dwelling Structure” in the Japanese Archipelago: The Structure of the Tana-Mukaihara Site

dc.contributor.author Sakashita, Takanori en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-23T18:13:41Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-23T18:13:41Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Tana-Mukaihara site is located on the left bank of the Sagami River in the Sagamino Upland in southern Kanto Plain (Honshu, Japan). In addition to the two lithic scatters (mainly composed of obsidian debitage and tools) and two pebble clusters, the site has been recognized as a prominent Upper Palaeolithic site (c. 20,000 cal.y.b.p.) because of an exceptional pebble-surrounded habitation area identified as a dwelling structure, 12 postholes, and two hearths. The purpose of this article is to examine human activities in this Palaeolithic dwelling site through the analysis of thermally altered obsidian artifacts and their spatial distributions. The results show that thermally altered obsidian artifacts are not only concentrated around the hearths, but also in the postholes, suggesting that the so-called postholes indeed functioned as hearths with the other two hearths. This study provides new insight into the reality of Palaeolithic dwelling structures in the Japanese Islands. en_US
dc.format.extent 14 pages en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/29106
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 49 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 2 en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/ en_US
dc.subject Upper Palaeolithic en_US
dc.subject spatial analysis en_US
dc.subject experimental archaeology en_US
dc.subject obsidian en_US
dc.subject hearths en_US
dc.subject macrodebitage 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 Assessing the Reality of a Palaeolithic “Dwelling Structure” in the Japanese Archipelago: The Structure of the Tana-Mukaihara Site en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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