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Late Acheulean hominins at the Marine Isotope Stage 6/5e transition in north-central India
- Haslam, Michael, Roberts, Richard G., Shipton, Ceri, Pal, J.N., Fenwick, Jacqueline L., Ditchfield, Peter, Boivin, Nicole, Dubey, A.K., Gupta, M.C., Petraglia, Michael
- Quaternary research 2011 v.75 no.3 pp. 670-682
- humans, isotopes, luminescence, oxygen, sediments, India
- Single-grain optically stimulated luminescence dating was applied to Late Quaternary sediments at two sites in the Middle Son Valley, Madhya Pradesh, India. Designated Bamburi 1 and Patpara, these sites contain Late Acheulean stone tool assemblages, which we associate with non-modern hominins. Age determinations of 140–120ka place the formation of these sites at around the Marine Oxygen Isotope Stage 6–5 transition, placing them among the youngest Acheulean sites in the world. We present here the geochronology and sedimentological setting of these sites, and consider potential implications of Late Pleistocene archaic habitation in north-central India for the initial dispersal of modern humans across South Asia.