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Prehistoric trans-continental cultural exchange in the Hexi Corridor, northwest China
Dong, Guanghui1; Yang, Yishi2; Liu, Xinyi3; Li, Haiming1; Cui, Yifu1; Wang, Hui2; Chen, Guoke2; Dodson, John4,5; Chen, Fahu1
Source PublicationHOLOCENE
AbstractWe report dozens of direct radiocarbon dates on charred grains from 22 archaeological sites of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages in the Hexi Corridor, northwest China, a key region for trans-Eurasian exchange in prehistoric and historical times. These charred grains include remains of wheat and barley domesticated in southwest Asia and broomcorn and foxtail millet which originated from north China. Together with previously published radiocarbon dates, we consider these newly obtained radiocarbon results in the context of material cultures associated with them, to explore an episode of trans-continental cultural exchange foci at the Hexi Corridor. Our results show that millet cultivators who used painted potteries from the western Loess Plateau first settled the Hexi Corridor around 4800 BP. Communities who cultivated wheat and barley moved into this region from the west around 4000 BP, bringing with them technologies and materials not seen in central China before, including bronze metallurgy, mud bricks, and mace heads. This was part of the east-west contact which became evident in the Hexi Corridor since the late fifth millennium BP, and continued over the subsequent two millennia, and predated the formation of the overland Silk Road in the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 220).
KeywordArchaeobotany Culture Elements Hexi Corridor Long-distance Cultural Communication Neolithic And Bronze Ages Radiocarbon Dating
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences
Indexed BySCI
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography ; Geology
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000429957000010
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Affiliation1.Lanzhou Univ, Coll Earth & Environm Sci, MOE Key Lab Western Chinas Environm Syst, Tianshui South Rd, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, Peoples R China
2.Gansu Prov Inst Cultural Relics & Archaeol, Lanzhou, Gansu, Peoples R China
3.Washington Univ, Dept Anthropol, St Louis, MO 63130 USA
4.Univ New South Wales, Sch Biol Earth & Environm Sci, Sydney, NSW, Australia
5.Chinese Acad Sci, State Key Lab Loess & Quaternary Geol, Inst Earth Environm, Xian, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
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Dong, Guanghui,Yang, Yishi,Liu, Xinyi,et al. Prehistoric trans-continental cultural exchange in the Hexi Corridor, northwest China[J]. HOLOCENE,2018,28(4):621-628.
APA Dong, Guanghui.,Yang, Yishi.,Liu, Xinyi.,Li, Haiming.,Cui, Yifu.,...&Chen, Fahu.(2018).Prehistoric trans-continental cultural exchange in the Hexi Corridor, northwest China.HOLOCENE,28(4),621-628.
MLA Dong, Guanghui,et al."Prehistoric trans-continental cultural exchange in the Hexi Corridor, northwest China".HOLOCENE 28.4(2018):621-628.
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