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Dynamics of Siberian Paleolithic Complexes (Based on Analysis of Radiocarbon Records): The 2012 State-of-the-Art

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 February 2016

Yaroslav V Kuzmin
Institute of Geology & Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia. Email:
Susan G Keates


Our updated database of Siberian Paleolithic radiocarbon records (the 2011 date list of ∼800 values) was used to analyze the patterns of population changes, following the methodology developed previously (Kuzmin and Keates 2005). Although the main conclusions remain similar to our 2005 results, some new features were also detected. The intensity of occupation after ∼35,000–34,000 BP was higher than previously thought, and the rise in population began at ∼20,000–19,000 BP. It is once again confirmed that no significant decline can be observed for the Last Glacial Maximum (∼22,000–16,000 BP). The relationship between climate and Paleolithic humans in Siberia was complex and without a clear trend toward the intensification of occupation during the warm phases.

Archaeology of Eurasia and Africa
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