Ages for hominin occupation in Lushi Basin, middle of South Luo River, central China Academic Article uri icon


  • A newly discovered Paleolithic site in loess deposits in the Lushi Basin, South Luo River, central China, is dated using pedostratigraphic analysis, optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and magnetostratigraphic analysis. This region is regarded as an important place for hominin occupation and settlement during the early to middle Pleistocene. Results indicate that the archaeological site dates from 600ka to 620ka, reinforcing the view that Homo erectus had occupied a large area of eastern Asia by 620ka. The lithic assemblages of Lushi Basin is a flake and core technology, typical for this time period in north-central China. It may be compared with that at the Zhoukoudian locality 1 in north China and some sites in the Luonan Basin, and provides important data for understanding the behavior and stone tool technology of early Chinese hominins.


  • Lu, Huayu
  • Sun, Xuefeng
  • Wang, Shejiang
  • Cosgrove, Richard
  • Zhang, Hongyan
  • Yi, Shuangwen
  • Ma, Xiaolin
  • Wei, Ming
  • Yang, Zhenyu

publication date

  • May 2011