«BULLETIN OF THE IRKUTSK STATE UNIVERSITY. GEOARCHAEOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY, AND ANTHROPOLOGY SERIES»
ISSN 2227-2380 (Print)

List of issues > «Geoarchaeology, Ethnology, and Anthropology Series». 2013. Vol. 2

The Oldest Early Paleolithic Site in Asia: the Lunggupo Site Near the Mountain Wushan in China

Author(s)
Wu Xianzhu
Abstract

The recent anthropological research of the cave site Lunggupo confirmed that there weren't found the remains of the ancient human named Homo erectus. However, the stone artifacts found in the local geological layers testify the existence of the ancient human. The archaeological research, the nature of the fauna complex and the expert conclusions about the geological age and the absolute age confirm that now the Lunggupo site contains the traces of the earliest culture of ancient human in the territory of not only China but also throughout Asia. The cultural particularities of this object are the combination of the primitivism and progressiveness. The bilateral upholstery technology "tszantszi" and the processing butt tools found on the site artifacts are widespread in the Paleolithic cultures of China. The site Lunggupo retained the animal fossils of the Early Pleistocene, the fossils of the ancient human has an important geographical position, and occupies an important place in the anthropogenesis research in China and Asia in general.

Keywords
Asia, China, Wushan, Lunggupo, Early Paleolithic, anthropogenesis
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