Nouveau site Paléolithique supérieur ancien au nord de l'Asie Centrale

Translated title of the contribution: New late Upper Paleolithic site in northern Central Asia

Mikhail V. Shunkov, Anton A. Anoikin, Galina D. Pavlenok, Vladimir M. Kharevich, Alena V. Shalagina, Lidia V. Zotkina, Zhaken K. Taimagambetov

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In this paper we present the results of two years (2016 and 2017) excavations at new stratified Upper Paleolithic site of Ushbulak, situated in Shiliktinskaia Valley, Eastern Kazakhstan. There are eight lithological layers, which contain the archaeological material from Holocene to Initial Upper Paleolithic. The most significant number of artifacts was discovered in the layers 6 and 7. The debitage assemblages from these layers represent primary knapping oriented towards blade production by parallel uni- and bidirectional methods of volumetric core reduction. The tool assemblage includes several types, such as end-scrappers, burins on blades, truncated-faceted pieces, and points with basal trimming, bitruncated blades and burin-cores. These features together with a date 45.249–44.012 cal.BP from layer 6 allow us to attribute these two layers 6 and 7 to the Initial Upper Paleolithic and to consider Eastern Kazakhstan as a region between synchronous sites of the Initial Upper Paleolithic in Altai Mountains, Dzungaria and Mongolia.

Translated title of the contributionNew late Upper Paleolithic site in northern Central Asia
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)438-451
Number of pages14
JournalAnthropologie (France)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Central Asia
  • Initial Upper Paleolithic
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lithic assemblages
  • Tool assemblages




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