Origin and Spread of Microblade Technology in Northern Asia and North America


Yaroslav V. Kuzmin, Paci c Institute of Geography, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Susan G. Keates; Chen Shen, Department of World Cultures, Royal Ontario Museum; Robert E. Ackerman, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University; Kidong Bae, Department of Anthropology, Hanyang University; Chun Chen, Department of Cultural Relics and Museology, Fudan University; Daryl W. Fedje, Western Canada Service Centre, Parks Canada; Fumiko Ikawa-Smith, Department of Anthropology, McGill University; John W. K. Harris, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University; Hanyong Lee, Department of Anthropology, Hanyang University; Martin P. R. Magne, Western and Northern Service Centre, Parks Canada; Christopher J. Norton, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University; Katsuhito Sano, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität zu Köln; Hiroyuki Sato, Institute of Archaeology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo; Chuntaek Seong, Department of Anthropology, Chungnam National University; Takashi Tsutsumi, Asama Jomon Museum; Roy L. Carlson, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University


Archaeology, Asia, North America, Pacific Northwest, Northwest Coast, Microblades, Microblade technology, Paleolithic, Environmental adaptations, Microblade distribution


This 222 page paperbound volume dedicated to the late Richard G. Morlan contains 12 chapters detailing the complexities of the various microblade technologies found throughout northeast Asia and northwestern North America over the past 30,000 or more years, and gives their distributions in time and space. All of the types and many examples are illustrated with line drawings or photographs and their distributions and frequencies are shown using maps and graphs. Discussions center around origin, use, and meaning in the contexts of culture history and environmental adaptations.


  • Frontmatter
  • Complete Book
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Notes on Radiocarbon Dates
  • Foreword
    Roy L. Carlson
  • CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Microblades and Beyond
    Yaroslav V. Kuzmin, Susan G. Keates, Chen Shen
  • CHAPTER 2: Techno-typological Comparison of Microblade Cores from East Asia and North America
    Chun Chen
  • CHAPTER 3: A Re-evaluation of Microblade Industries and the Fenghuangling Cultural Complex in Shandong Peninsula, Northern China
    Chen Shen
  • CHAPTER 4: The Japanese Microblade Industries: Technology, Raw Material Procurement, and Adaptations
    Hiroyuki Sato, Takashi Tsutsumi
  • CHAPTER 5: Emergence and Mobility of Microblade industries in the Japanese islands
    Katsuhito Sano
  • CHAPTER 6: A Review of Korean Microlithic Industries
    Christopher J. Norton, Kidong Bae, Hanyong Lee, John W. K. Harris
  • CHAPTER 7: Late Pleistocene Microlithic Assemblages in Korea
    Chuntaek Seong
  • CHAPTER 8: Geoarchaeological Aspects of the Origin and Spread of Microblade Technology in Northern and Central Asia
    Yaroslav V. Kuzmin
  • CHAPTER 9: Microblade Technology in Siberia and Neighbouring Regions: An Overview
    Susan G. Keates
  • CHAPTER 10: The Microblade Complexes of Alaska and the Yukon: Early Interior and Coastal Adaptations
    Robert E. Ackerman
  • CHAPTER 11: The Spread of Microblade Technology in Northwestern North America
    Martin P. R. Magne, Daryl W. Fedje
  • CHAPTER 12: Conclusion: In Search of the Origins of Microblades and Microblade Technology
    Fumiko Ikawa-Smith
  • References
  • List of Contributors


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August 14, 2017

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