Lisa Janz
Trent University
Radiocarbon datingSteppeGeologyAridArchaeology
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#1Lisa Janz (Trent University)H-Index: 3
#2James Conolly (Trent University)H-Index: 16
#1Catherine Frieman (ANU: Australian National University)H-Index: 6
#2Lisa Janz (Trent University)H-Index: 3
ABSTRACTAlthough our practice has come to be defined by a focus on excavation as the trademark of archaeological research, research on archaeological collections lies at the scientific heart of the discipline. We demonstrate through two very different case studies how a return to primary sources (in this case, boxes of artifacts) can upend our understanding of the objects themselves and create new narratives of social and technological change. At the same time, access to museum collections is be...
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#1Lisa Janz (Trent University)H-Index: 3
#2D. OdsurenH-Index: 1
Last. D. Bukhchuluun (Yale University)H-Index: 1
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The desert and arid steppes of Mongolia and northern China were geographically central to the spread of pastoralism and the rise of pastoralist states, but research on the organizational strategies of pre-pastoralist hunter-gatherers and the spread of herding has been extremely limited. Until recently, catalogues of sites collected by Westerners in the 1920s and 1930s comprised the body of English-language publications on Gobi Desert prehistory. This article introduces a wealth of new site-speci...
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#1Lisa Janz (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 3
#2James K. Feathers (UW: University of Washington)H-Index: 22
Last. George S. Burr (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 35
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The vast majority of known archaeological sites in arid Northeast Asia are surface assemblages containing few or no organic remains. The lack of stratified sites and a relative absence of organic remains in surface assemblages hinders our ability to date sites, create local chronologies, and contextualize technological and socio-economic change. Such problems are common in arid regions around the world. New radiocarbon and luminescence dates on collections from the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and Ch...
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#1Lisa Janz (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 3
#1Lisa Janz (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 3
#2Robert G. Elston (UNR: University of Nevada, Reno)H-Index: 12
Last. George S. Burr (UA: University of Arizona)H-Index: 35
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East Asian ostrich (Struthio anderssoni Lowe) was thought to have become extinct sometime in the Late Pleistocene. Petroglyphs portray ostrich with Pleistocene animals, and ostrich eggshell (OES) fragments and ornaments from Holocene sites were considered to be older fossils. Here we summarize previous radiometric dates for ostrich eggshell (OES) and present 15 new calibrated accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) dates, indicating that ostrich survived in Mongolia and northern China until at least...
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