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Prehistoric trans-continental culturalexchange in the Hexi Corridor,northwest China
Dong,GH(Dong,Guanghui)1; Yang,YS(Yang,Yishi)2; Liu,XY(Liu,Xinyi)3; Li,HM(Li,Haiming)1; Cui,YF(Cui,Yifu)1; Wang,H(Wang,Hui)2; Chen,GK(Chen,Guoke)2; Dodson, John4,5; Chen,FH(Chen,Fahu)1; Dong,Guanghui
Source PublicationThe Holocene

We 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
Indexed BySCI
Project Number12&ZD151 ; 41671077 ; 41620104007
Funding OrganizationNational Social Science Foundation of China ; National Social Science Foundation of China ; National Natural ScienceFoundation of China ; National Natural ScienceFoundation of China
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Corresponding AuthorDong,Guanghui
Affiliation1.MOE Key Laboratory of Western China’s Environmental Systems,College of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou,Gansu Province, China
2.Gansu Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Lanzhou,Gansu Province, China
3.Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St Louis, StLouis, MO, USA
4.School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University ofNew South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
5.State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute ofEarth Environment, CAS, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
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Dong,GH,Yang,YS,Liu,XY,et al. Prehistoric trans-continental culturalexchange in the Hexi Corridor,northwest China[J]. The Holocene,2017,28(4):621-628.
APA Dong,GH.,Yang,YS.,Liu,XY.,Li,HM.,Cui,YF.,...&Dong,Guanghui.(2017).Prehistoric trans-continental culturalexchange in the Hexi Corridor,northwest China.The Holocene,28(4),621-628.
MLA Dong,GH,et al."Prehistoric trans-continental culturalexchange in the Hexi Corridor,northwest China".The Holocene 28.4(2017):621-628.
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