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Microblade technology and the rise of serial specialists in north-central China

Yi, M and Barton, L and Morgan, C and Liu, D and Chen, F and Zhang, Y and Pei, S and Guan, Y and Wang, H and Gao, X and Bettinger, RL (2013) Microblade technology and the rise of serial specialists in north-central China. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 32 (2). 212 - 223. ISSN 0278-4165

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Though present before the Last Glacial Maximum, microblade technology is uncommon in the lithic assemblages of north-central China until the onset of the Younger Dryas (12,900-11,600. calBP). While it is clear that microblades here and elsewhere were connected with mobile adaptations organized around hunting, the attendant assumption that they served primarily in hunting weaponry is not. The archaeological record of north-central China, including excavations at Pigeon Mountain (QG3) and Shuidonggou Locality 12 (SDG 12) in Ningxia Autonomous Region, and Dadiwan in Gansu Providence, and a handful of bone/antler tools slotted for microblade inserts, indicate a more direct linkage to mobility. These data suggest the rise of microblade technology in Younger Dryas north-central China was mainly the result of microblades used as insets in composite knives needed for production of sophisticated cold weather clothing needed for a winter mobile hunting adaptation akin to the residentially mobile pattern Binford termed " serial specialist." Limited time and opportunities compressed this production into a very narrow seasonal window, putting a premium on highly streamlined routines to which microblade technology was especially well-suited. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yi, M
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Morgan, C
Liu, D
Chen, F
Zhang, Y
Pei, S
Guan, Y
Wang, H
Gao, X
Bettinger, RL
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 1 June 2013
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
Volume: 32
Number: 2
Page Range: 212 - 223
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.jaa.2013.02.001
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0278-4165
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 20:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:58


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