Geochronometria

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 348–354 | Cite as

ESR dating of the Donggutuo Palaeolithic site in the Nihewan Basin, northern China

  • Chun-Ru Liu
  • Gong-Ming Yin
  • Fang Fang
  • Pierre Voinchet
  • Cheng-Long Deng
  • Fei Han
  • Jian-Ping Li
  • Wei-Juan Song
  • Duo Wang
  • Jean-Jacques Bahain
Research Article
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Abstract

The fluvio-lacustrine sequences in the Nihewan Basin, northern China, provide important terrestrial archives about Palaeolithic settlements and, therefore, about early human occupation in high northern latitude in East Asia. Here we present detailed ESR dating of the Donggutuo Palaeolithic site, located in this basin. Four levels A, B, C and E of the Donggutuo archaeological layer yield ESR ages ranging from 1060±129 ka to 1171±132 ka with a mean of 1119±132 ka. The ages are consistent with the paleomagnetic data, which show that the Donggutuo Palaeolithic site lies just below the onset of the Jaramillo normal subchron (0.99–1.07 Ma). Furthermore, our results indicate that the reliable ESR dating range of bleached quartz using Ti-Li centre can be effectively extended to 1100 ka and the Ti-Li centre was zeroed before the last deposition, which requires improvement of the understanding of the bleaching mechanism conditions.

Keywords

ESR dating fluvial sediment Early Pleistocene signal bleaching Palaeolithic site 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chun-Ru Liu
    • 1
  • Gong-Ming Yin
    • 1
  • Fang Fang
    • 2
  • Pierre Voinchet
    • 3
  • Cheng-Long Deng
    • 4
  • Fei Han
    • 1
  • Jian-Ping Li
    • 1
  • Wei-Juan Song
    • 1
    • 5
  • Duo Wang
    • 1
    • 5
  • Jean-Jacques Bahain
    • 3
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Earthquake Dynamics, Institute of GeologyChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key laboratory of Geography Information Science Ministry of EducationEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Département de Préhistoire, Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleUMR7194 du CNRSParisFrance
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Lithospheric Evolution, Institute of Geology and GeophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  5. 5.Schools of the Earth Science and ResourceChina University of GeosciencesBeijingChina

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