Mid-Holocene climate change and its effect on prehistoric cultural evolution in eastern Qinghai Province, China

  title={Mid-Holocene climate change and its effect on prehistoric cultural evolution in eastern Qinghai Province, China},
  author={Guanghui Dong and Xin Jia and Cheng-bang An and Fahu Chen and Yan Zhao and Shichen Tao and Minmin Ma},
  journal={Quaternary Research},
  pages={23 - 30}
We studied the mid-Holocene climate change in eastern Qinghai Province, China and its impact on the evolution of Majiayao (3980–2050 BC) and Qijia (2183–1635 BC) cultures, near the important Neolithic site of Changning. The investigation focused on analyses of grain size, magnetic susceptibility, ratios of elemental contents, and pollen assemblage from a loess-paleosol sequence. The results indicate that the climate was wet during 5830–4900 cal yr BP, which promoted the development of early-mid… 
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