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Climate change and cultural response around 4000 cal yr B.P. in the western part of Chinese Loess Plateau

An, CB and Tang, L and Barton, L and Chen, FH (2005) Climate change and cultural response around 4000 cal yr B.P. in the western part of Chinese Loess Plateau. Quaternary Research, 63 (3). 347 - 352. ISSN 0033-5894

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Abstract

New data suggest that dramatic environmental change in the Western Loess Plateau of China corresponded with substantial changes in human demography ca. 4000 cal yr B.P. These data demonstrate that a rapid climatic transition from wet to dry led to an ecologically devastated period between 4090 and 3600 cal yr B.P. The sudden reduction in the number of archaeological sites during this period, namely a reduction in the total number of sites and a contraction of the areal distribution of sites, points to declining agricultural productivity associated with widespread aridification beginning at 4000 cal yr B.P. © 2005 Published by University of Washington.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
An, CB
Tang, L
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Chen, FH
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 1 May 2005
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Quaternary Research
Volume: 63
Number: 3
Page Range: 347 - 352
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.yqres.2005.02.004
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0033-5894
Other ID: 10.1016/j.yqres.2005.02.004
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 13:40
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/23361

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