TitleSpatial and temporal variety of prehistoric human settlement and its influencing factors in the upper Yellow River valley, Qinghai Province, China
AuthorsDong, Guanghui
Jia, Xin
Elston, Robert
Chen, Fahu
Li, Shuicheng
Wang, Lin
Cai, Linhai
An, Chengbang
AffiliationLanzhou Univ, MOE Key Lab Western Chinas Environm Syst, Res Sch Arid Environm & Climate Change, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, Peoples R China.
Univ Nevada, Dept Anthropol, Reno, NV 89557 USA.
Peking Univ, Sch Archaeol & Museol, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China.
HuaQiao Univ, Sch Architecture, Xiamen 361021, Fujian Province, Peoples R China.
Qinghai Prov Inst Cultural Rel & Archaeol, Xining 810007, Qinghai Provinc, Peoples R China.
Lanzhou Univ, MOE Key Lab Western Chinas Environm Syst, Res Sch Arid Environm & Climate Change, South Tianshui St 222, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, Peoples R China.
KeywordsUpper Yellow River valley
Prehistoric period
Human settlement
Radiocarbon dating
Archaeological investigation
NORTHERN TIBETAN PLATEAU
CLIMATE-CHANGE
LOESS PLATEAU
ASIAN MONSOON
RADIOCARBON
LAKE
DOMESTICATION
CALIBRATION
HOLOCENE
AGE
Issue Date2013
Publisherjournal of archaeological science
CitationJOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE.2013,40,(5),2538-2546.
AbstractWe report an investigation of forty-two prehistoric sites in the upper Yellow River valley located in Guide, Jianzha, Hualong, Xunha and Minhe, Qinghai Province, China, including forty-four new radiocarbon dates from twenty-four sites, review published archaeological surveys and radio-carbon dates, analyze landform features and discuss the reasons for spatial and temporal variety of regional prehistoric human settlement. Our results suggest that people occupied the upper Yellow River valley during the early Holocene, but a continuous archaeological record begins only after about 5500 Cal yr BP. Thereafter, the intensity of prehistoric human settlement in the area is varied. Neolithic human settlement spread northwestward to high altitude areas of the upper Yellow River valley during early-mid Majiayao and Qijia periods, but moved southeastward to lower locations in the area during late Majiayao period. During the Bronze period, two coeval archaeological cultures, the Kayue and Xindian, occupied the upper Yellow River Region. Kayue archaeological sites are numerous and widely distributed in the high areas of the upper Yellow River, while Xindian sites are restricted to the lowest basin of the region. Variation in site density and location are likely the result of changing paleoclimate and technology. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11897/224297
ISSN0305-4403
DOI10.1016/j.jas.2012.10.002
IndexedA&HCI
SCI(E)
SSCI
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