A study published on Wednesday (2) in the scientific journal natureAn international team of researchers has produced unprecedented information about the way of life of a group of people who lived in China 40,000 years ago.
Excavations carried out at the archaeological site of Ciamabe, in the Nihuan Basin, in the north of the country, have revealed an ancient factory of “ocher”, a natural clay pigment, shedding new light on the processes of innovation and culture. The diversification that occurred in East Asia during the period of genetic and technological mixing.
To date, very little is known about the life and cultural adaptations of early Asian peoples at this point. In the search for answers, the Nihiwan Basin, which contains a wealth of archaeological sites ranging from 2 million to 10 thousand years in existence, is one of the best opportunities for understanding the evolution of cultural behaviors in the region.
The discovery brings new insights into the cultural innovation and expansion of Homo sapiens in China
It is the oldest known evidence of ocher processing in East Asia, due in large part to a distinct set of blade-like stone tools unlike anything we see there.
Analysis of the results provides important new insights into cultural innovation while expanding Homo sapiens societies. “Chiamabe is unlike any other known archaeological site in China in that it displays a new set of cultural features from an early history,” said Fa-Gang Wang, a researcher at the China Regional Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology. authors. from the new study.
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