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New radiocarbon and luminescence dates on collections from the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China are used here to assess the potential for direct dating of commonly occurring artefacts like ostrich eggshell and pottery.Direct dating also allows for the identification and sorting of mixed-age assemblages.Results indicate that a dramatic shift in land-use after about 8000 years ago was related to a combination of widespread forestation and the increased productivity of lowland habitats during a period of high effective moisture.

Such problems are common in arid regions around the world.

The desert and arid steppes of Mongolia and northern China were geographically central to the spread of pastoralism and the rise of pastoralist states, but research on the organizational strategies of pre-pastoralist hunter-gatherers and the spread of herding has been extremely limited.

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  • Lisa Janz Trent University - profil de paulette60


    Lisa Janz, Trent University, Anthropology Department, Post-Doc. Studies Archaeology, Food and Nutrition, and Ecological Anthropology. I am a palaeoecologist interested in the relationship between hunter-gatherer land-use and ecological state shifts.…