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Reconstructing Human Subsistence Strategies During the Korean Neolithic: Contributions from Zooarchaeology, Geosciences, and Radiocarbon Dating

Kidong Bae, Christopher J Bae, Jong Chan Kim


The Neolithic in Korea begins around 10,000 BP and is the period when many substantial changes appear in the archaeological record. In particular, one of the important changes is from a subsistence strategy that relied primarily on hunted, fished, and collected food packages to a diet that by the beginning of the Bronze Age (~3500 BP) saw intensive agriculture as the primary form of sustenance. In this paper, we discuss current research on this topic, in addition to presenting a comprehensive list of raw accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) data from Korean Neolithic sites, particularly data that only became available over the past several years.

DOI: 10.2458/azu_js_rc.55.16271


Korea; Neolithic; Middle Holocene; AMS dating

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