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Comments on the Pleistocene Age Assignment and Associations of a Human Burial from the Yuha Desert, California
Louis A. Payen, Carol H. Rector, Eric Ritter, R. E. Taylor and J. E. Ericson
Vol. 43, No. 3 (Jul., 1978), pp. 448-453
Published by: Society for American Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279402
Page Count: 6
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Questions are raised concerning the Pleistocene age assignment of a human burial from the Yuha Desert, California. Evidence is presented demonstrating that the C-14 dates of around 22,000 years B.P. should be viewed with extreme caution, especially because of the inherent problem in soil carbonate dating. Both the degree of soil development and the landform associated with the burial appear inconsistent with the reported age. In addition the presence of late-appearing cultural material at the locality conflicts with the purported antiquity of the site.
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