Newly discovered Upper Paleolithic sites from the Tsagaan Turuut river valley, Mongolia

Keywords: Mongolia, Tsagaan Turuut River, Upper Paleolithic, lithic technology

Abstract

In this article, we report artefacts found at the valley of Tsagaan Turuut River in the Khangai Mountain ranges in Central Mongolia. The artefacts were identified based upon core morphology, tool types and retouch. Regarding the core reduction techniques, single striking platform and single reduction platform cores are dominant. Although the tools on flake blanks predominant, tools such as points and knives with massive blades also occur. Side scraper, point, borer, combination tool, and borers are types that are less represented within the collection. This tool collection is highly similar to several IUP and EUP sites (Chikhen-2; Tolbor-4, 15 and 16) in Mongolia in terms of its reduction techniques and tool morphology. On a larger scale, it is similar to those of Early Upper Paleolithic sites in Trans-Baikal and Altai Mountains in Russia and North China.

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2020-04-27
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Bolorbat, T., En, C., Dong, S., Ankhbayar, B., Lkhundev, G., Amgalantugs, T., Batbold, G., Peng, C., & Xi, C. (2020). Newly discovered Upper Paleolithic sites from the Tsagaan Turuut river valley, Mongolia. Proceedings of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, 60(1), 9-18. https://doi.org/10.5564/pmas.v60i1.1332
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