Technological Analysis of the Upper Paleolithic Microblade Industry in the Eastern Portion of Northeast, China

Chunxue Wang, Yue Zhang, Quanjia Chen, Hailong Zhao

Abstract


Many new Paleolithic sites or localities have been found in eastern portion of Northeast China during 2000—2007. All of them are open-air sites. This paper summarizes major Paleolithic archaeological discoveries and research achievements made in the region, and it also analyses and concludes existent problems and future working direction. According to these cultural characteristics of sites, this paper analyses cultural characteristics and industry types, points out some problems such as chronology and stratigraphy. From behavioral and adaptive perspectives and through analyzing typological, morphological and technological features of the stone assemblage, this paper addresses several theoretical issues regarding this industry, such as the nature of typological and stylistic variability, the capability and strategies of hominids in exploiting raw materials and modifying stone tools, the influence of raw materials placed on lithic technology and artifact stylistic features, and behavioral options exercised by hominids at the sites. This study thinks that these new Paleolithic sites belong to microblade-based micro-tool industry in final Upper Paleolithic period, lithic assemblages have close cultural relationships with many sites from Korean peninsula, Mongolia, Far East, Trans-Baikal, Baikal and Primorskiy in Russia.

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