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Mid-Holocene palaeoflood events recorded at the Zhongqiao Neolithic cultural site in the Jianghan Plain, middle Yangtze River Valley, China
Wu, Li1,2; Zhu, Cheng3; Ma, Chunmei3; Li, Feng4; Meng, Huaping5; Liu, Hui5; Li, Linying1; Wang, Xiaocui4; Sun, Wei3; Song, Yougui2
2017-10-01
Source PublicationQUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS
Volume173Issue:2017Pages:145-160
SubtypeArticle
AbstractPalaeo-hydrological and archaeological investigations were carried out in the Jianghan Plain in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. Based on a comparative analysis of modern flood sediments and multidisciplinary approaches such as AMS(14)C and archaeological dating, zircon micromorphology, grain size, magnetic susceptibility, and geochemistry, we identified palaeoflood sediments preserved at the Zhongqiao archaeological site. The results indicate that three palaeoflood events (i.e. 4800-4597, 4479-4367, and 4168-3850 cal. yr BP) occurred at the Zhongqiao Site. Comparisons of palaeoflood deposit layers at a number of Neolithic cultural sites show that two extraordinary palaeoflood events occurred in the Jianghan Plain during approximately 4900-4600 cal. yr BP (i.e.mid-late Qujialing cultural period) and 4100-3800 cal. yr BP (i.e. from late Shijiahe cultural period to the Xia Dynasty). Further analysis of the environmental context suggests that these flooding events might have been connected with great climate variability during approximately 5000-4500 cal. yr BP and at ca. 4000 cal. yr BP. These two palaeoflood events were closely related to the expansion of the Jianghan lakes driven by the climatic change, which in turn influenced the rise and fall of the Neolithic cultures in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. Other evidence also suggests that the intensified discrepancy between social development and environmental change processes (especially the hydrological process) during the late Shijiahe cultural period might be the key factor causing the collapse of the Shijiahe Culture. The extraordinary floods related to the climatic anomaly at ca. 4000 cal. yr BP and political conflicts from internal or other cultural areas all accelerated the collapse of the Shijiahe Culture. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KeywordPalaeoflood Neolithic Site Climatic Event Jianghan Plain Yangtze River Mid-holocene
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences
DOI10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.08.018
WOS KeywordHOLOCENE ENVIRONMENTAL-CHANGE ; RADIOCARBON AGE CALIBRATION ; LOESS-PALEOSOL SEQUENCES ; CHAOHU LAKE BASIN ; CLIMATE-CHANGE ; ASIAN MONSOON ; EAST CHINA ; HIGH-RESOLUTION ; ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES ; EXTRAORDINARY FLOODS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography ; Geology
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000412266500010
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.ieecas.cn/handle/361006/5412
Collection古环境研究室
Affiliation1.Anhui Normal Univ, Coll Terr Resources & Tourism, Wuhu 241002, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Earth Environm, State Key Lab Loess & Quaternary Geol, Xian 710054, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
3.Nanjing Univ, Sch Geog & Oceanog Sci, Nanjing 210023, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geog & Limnol, State Key Lab Lake Sci & Environm, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
5.Hubei Prov Inst Cultural Relics & Archaeol, Wuhan 430077, Hubei, Peoples R China
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Wu, Li,Zhu, Cheng,Ma, Chunmei,et al. Mid-Holocene palaeoflood events recorded at the Zhongqiao Neolithic cultural site in the Jianghan Plain, middle Yangtze River Valley, China[J]. QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS,2017,173(2017):145-160.
APA Wu, Li.,Zhu, Cheng.,Ma, Chunmei.,Li, Feng.,Meng, Huaping.,...&Song, Yougui.(2017).Mid-Holocene palaeoflood events recorded at the Zhongqiao Neolithic cultural site in the Jianghan Plain, middle Yangtze River Valley, China.QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS,173(2017),145-160.
MLA Wu, Li,et al."Mid-Holocene palaeoflood events recorded at the Zhongqiao Neolithic cultural site in the Jianghan Plain, middle Yangtze River Valley, China".QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 173.2017(2017):145-160.
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