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Reconstructing Human Subsistence Strategies During the Korean Neolithic: Contributions from Zooarchaeology, Geosciences, and Radiocarbon Dating

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 February 2016

Kidong Bae
Department of Anthropology, Hanyang University, Ansan, Gyunggi Province, Republic of Korea
Christopher J Bae*
Department of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2424 Maile Way, 346 Saunders Hall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, USA
Jong Chan Kim
Department of Physics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Corresponding author. Email:


The Neolithic in Korea began around 10,000 BP and is the period when many substantial changes appear in the archaeological record. In particular, one of the important changes is from a subsistence strategy that relied primarily on hunted, fished, and collected food packages to a diet that by the beginning of the Bronze Age (∼3500 BP) saw intensive agriculture as the primary form of sustenance. This paper discusses current research on this topic, in addition to presenting a comprehensive list of raw accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) data from Korean Neolithic sites, particularly data that only became available over the past several years.

Archaeology of Eurasia and Africa
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