Yanshina O.V. Some Remarks on the Ages of the Earliest Pottery of South China

OKSANA V. YANSHINA — Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Researcher, Department of America, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Russia, Saint Petersburg)
E-mail: oyanshina@mail.ru


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ABSTRACT. Almost a decade has passed since radiocarbon dates were obtained for the early ceramics of South China, indicating that it is the oldest in the world. Such an opportunity was demonstrated by studies in the caves of Yuchanyan and Xianrendong, which delayed the time of the appearance of pottery to 21300–19500 cal. bp which is several thousand years earlier than in other regions of East Asia. The article provides the general overview of the problems associated with these new dates. Considering them against a broad cultural background and relying on the most reliable sources, the most likely time of the appearance of pottery in southern China is the border of Young Dryas and the Holocene. The data indicating the earlier period require confirmation since they have an obscure context, contradict the TL-datings of the ceramics themselves, and are in poor agreement with the paleoclimatic data and other more general obser-vations.

KEYWORDS: East Asia, China, Neolithization, early pottery-making, chronology


УДК 903.02(512)
DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2019-3(5)-142-163



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