Chronology of the earliest pottery in East Asia: progress and pitfalls

  title={Chronology of the earliest pottery in East Asia: progress and pitfalls},
  author={Yaroslav V. Kuzmin},
  pages={362 - 371}
  • Y. Kuzmin
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Geology
  • Antiquity
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