Eric Boëda a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication d’un article réfutant le recours au concept Levallois dans la grotte de Guanyindong Cave en Chine du Sud, comme proposé par Hu et al., 2019 dans Nature (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0710-1).
Hu et al. (Nature, 2019, 565: 82-85) recently reanalyzed the long-curated lithic assemblage from the Guanyindong site in Guizhou Province (South China) and concluded that it reflects a late Middle Pleistocene Levallois stone-tool technology on the basis of new dates and is thus the earliest Levallois in East Asia. If this is true, it will largely change our current knowledge of Levallois technology. However, based upon our own careful examination, we find that the previous studies of this assemblage, which concluded that it falls within a core-flake technocomplex, remains the most reliable interpretation. There is as yet no evidence supporting the occurrence of Levallois technology in China before approximately 50,000 years ago.