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Re-evaluating Pleistocene-Holocene occupation of cave sites in north-west Thailand: New radiocarbon and luminescence dating

Conrad, C; Shoocongdej, R; Marwick, B; White, JC; Thongcharoenchaikit, C; Higham, C; Feathers, JK; ... Jones, EL; + view all (2021) Re-evaluating Pleistocene-Holocene occupation of cave sites in north-west Thailand: New radiocarbon and luminescence dating. Antiquity 10.15184/aqy.2021.44. Green open access

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Abstract

Established chronologies indicate a long-term 'Hoabinhian' hunter-gatherer occupation of Mainland Southeast Asia during the Terminal Pleistocene to Mid-Holocene (45 000-3000 years ago). Here, the authors re-examine the 'Hoabinhian' sequence from north-west Thailand using new radiocarbon and luminescence data from Spirit Cave, Steep Cliff Cave and Banyan Valley Cave. The results indicate that hunter-gatherers exploited this ecologically diverse region throughout the Terminal Pleistocene and the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, and into the period during which agricultural lifeways emerged in the Holocene. Hunter-gatherers did not abandon this highland region of Thailand during periods of environmental and socioeconomic change.

Type: Article
Title: Re-evaluating Pleistocene-Holocene occupation of cave sites in north-west Thailand: New radiocarbon and luminescence dating
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2021.44
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2021.44
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand, Pleistocene–Holocene transition, hunter-gatherer, radiocarbon offset
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137893
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