|Palaeolithic site in China dated to 600,000 years|
| 6 March 2011 Discovery of an early to middle Pleistocene stone tool making factory used by Homo erectusin the Lushi Basin, South Luo River, in central China, dated to 600,000 years. |
Journal of Human Evolution Abstract:
A newly discovered Paleolithic site in loess deposits in the Lushi Basin, South Luo River, central China, is dated using pedostratigraphic analysis, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and magnetostratigraphic analysis. This region is regarded as an important place for hominin occupation and settlement during the early to middle Pleistocene. Results indicate that the archaeological site dates from 600 ka to 620 ka, reinforcing the view that Homo erectus had occupied a large area of eastern Asia by 620 ka. The lithic assemblages of Lushi Basin is a flake and core technology, typical for this time period in north-central China. It may be compared with that at the Zhoukoudian locality 1 in north China and some sites in the Luonan B…
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