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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorTacon, Paul
dc.contributor.authorAubert, Maxime
dc.contributor.authorGang, Li
dc.contributor.authorDecong, Yang
dc.contributor.authorHong, Liu
dc.contributor.authorMay, Sally
dc.contributor.authorFallon, Stewart
dc.contributor.authorXueping, Ji
dc.contributor.authorCurnoe, Darren
dc.contributor.authorHerries, Andy
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:21:04Z
dc.identifier.issn0305-4403
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/19872
dc.description.abstractWe 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 multiple samples of calcite from above and beneath the paint layer. A large painted deer head was dated to between 5738 and 2050 years. This painting and underlying flowstone are superimposed on older paintings that suggest the older paintings are at least 3400 years old, if not older than 5738 years. The results indicate for the first time that Jinsha River rock art is older than other forms of rock art in the region and show that rock art likely extends back to at least the transition from the Palaeolithic to Neolithic in this part of China.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceJournal of Archaeological Science
dc.subjectKeywords: age determination; archaeology; art; calcite; Neolithic; Paleolithic; radiocarbon dating; rock; uranium series dating; China; Jinsha River; Yunnan; Cervidae China; Dating; Jinsha River; Radiocarbon; Rock art; U-series
dc.titleUranium-series age estimates for rock art in southwest China
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume39
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor040312 - Structural Geology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4026567xPUB10
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTacon, Paul, Griffith University
local.contributor.affiliationAubert, Maxime, University of Wollongong
local.contributor.affiliationGang, Li, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Cultural Relics
local.contributor.affiliationDecong, Yang, Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
local.contributor.affiliationHong, Liu, Yunnan University
local.contributor.affiliationMay, Sally, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFallon, Stewart, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationXueping, Ji, Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
local.contributor.affiliationCurnoe, Darren, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationHerries, Andy, University of New South Wales
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage492
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage499
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jas.2011.10.004
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:28:16Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-82155162399
local.identifier.thomsonID000298464300026
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