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Uranium-series age estimates for rock art in southwest China

Tacon, Paul; Aubert, Maxime; Gang, Li; Decong, Yang; Hong, Liu; May, Sally; Fallon, Stewart; Xueping, Ji; Curnoe, Darren; Herries, Andy


We report the first uranium-series age estimates for rock art in China. Calcite bracketing a paint layer was used to constrain the age of a naturalistic outline hunter-gatherer painting in the Jinsha River area of northwest Yunnan Province (southwest China). The rock paintings in this region are unique in style and content compared with other bodies of rock art in China, which are dominated by Neolithic subject matter. The minimum and maximum ages were determined using isochron techniques on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2011.10.004


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