The earliest Neolithic complex in Siberia: the Ust-Karenga 12 site and its significance for the Neolithisation process in Eurasia

  • Yaroslav V. Kuzmin Pacific Institute of Geography, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok
  • Viktor M. Vetrov Irkutsk State Pedagogical University, Irkutsk, Russia
Keywords: Neolithic, Siberia, earliest pottery, radiocarbon dating

Abstract

The discovery of Neolithic (i.e. pottery-containing) components at the Ust-Karenga 12 site in northern Transbaikal brought to light new data on the appearance of pottery in Siberia. Excavations and geoarchaeological studies identified the pottery complex in layer 7, 14C-dated to c. 12 180–10 750 BP (charcoal dates) and c. 11 070–10 600 BP (pottery organics dates). The pottery is thin and plant fibre-tempered; vessels are round-bottomed and with a comb-pattern design. Ust-Karenga 12 thus preserves by far the earliest Neolithic assemblage in Siberia, and is only slightly younger than the Initial Neolithic complexes of the Amur River basin, Russian Far East (c. 13 300–12 400 BP).

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Published
2007-12-31
How to Cite
Kuzmin, Y. V., & Vetrov, V. M. (2007). The earliest Neolithic complex in Siberia: the Ust-Karenga 12 site and its significance for the Neolithisation process in Eurasia. Documenta Praehistorica, 34, 9-20. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.34.2
Section
Articles