The discovery of a bifacial industry in Vietnam

A. P. Derevianko, A. V. Kandyba, Nguyen Khac Su, S. A. Gladyshev, Nguyen Gia Doi, V. A. Lebedev, A. M. Chekha, A. G. Rybalko, V. M. Kharevich, A. A. Tsybankov

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Abstract

This study investigates the origin of bifacial lithic industry in the Lower Paleolithic of Southeast Asia. We describe stone tools from the stratified sites of Go Da and Roc Tung near the town of An Khe, Vietnam. The lithics represent a homogeneous industry, characterized by Lower Paleolithic primary and secondary reduction techniques. Cores and tools were made using pebbles, and some tools were manufactured onflakes. The tool-kit includes bifaces, picks, spurred implements, carinated end-scrapers, various types of side-scrapers, choppers and chopping tools, and denticulate and notched pieces. Bifaces and picks are the predominant tool types. Primary reduction was aimed at manufacturing simple pebble cores with cortex striking platforms, while radial and orthogonal cores occur less frequently. Tektites found with the lithics were dated by40K/38Ar-method to 806 ± 22 and 782 ± 20 ka BP. We propose to name this industry the An Khe culture. We suggest that the An Khe emerged through convergent evolution of the pebble-flake industry associated with thefirst wave of Homo erectus migration from Africa 1.8-1.6 Ma years ago, and is unrelated to the Acheulean tradition introduced by the second wave of migration to Eurasia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalArchaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • An khe culture
  • Bifaces
  • Convergent evolution
  • Lower paleolithic
  • Vietnam
  • Lower Paleolithic
  • GESHER BENOT YAAQOV
  • ACHEULEAN INDUSTRY
  • Ankhe culture
  • OCCUPATIONS
  • bifaces
  • convergent evolution
  • TECHNOLOGY

OECD FOS+WOS

  • 6.01.BI ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 5.09.EN CULTURAL STUDIES
  • 5.04.BF ANTHROPOLOGY

State classification of scientific and technological information

  • 03 STORY. HISTORICAL SCIENCE

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