Human adaptation and socioeonomic change in Northeast China: Results of the Fuxin regional survey

Gideon Shelach-Lavi*, Mingyu Teng, Yonatan Goldsmith, Ido Wachtel, Ahiad Ovadia, Xiongfei Wan, Ofer Marder

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Northeastern China is one of the centers of early development of agriculture and sedentary life, as well as of the subsequent development of social complexity and distinct cultural attributes. While the outlines of this trajectory are clear, its important details are still elusive. Like all other regions of northern China, there is little data on the all-important transition from nomad hunter-gatherers to sedentary agriculturalists. The Fuxin Regional Survey was designed as the first step in accumulating new data and addressing the geographic and ecological contexts of these socioeconomic processes. Among the most remarkable results of this survey is the identification of early ceramics, which possibly predate the transition to agriculture. The systematic collection and analysis of stone tools was done in a way never before done in this region. Analysis of our findings, using GIS and other methods, sheds new light on the local trajectory of human adaptation in this area.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)467-485
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 14 Jul 2016

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  • Bronze Age
  • Fuxin area geomorphology
  • Neolithic
  • Northeast China
  • Regional survey
  • Settlement patterns
  • Stone tools
  • Transition to agriculture


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