New publication links hunter-gatherer pottery to the use of marine resources

Posted on 11 July 2017

Collaborative BioArCh research reveals distinctive use of early Korean pottery

New publication in Quaternary Science Reviews by BioArCh's Shinya Shoda, Oliver Craig, Alexandre Lucquin and several collaborators shows that the use of early Korean pottery was orientated towards marine resources, and corresponds to the spread of shell middens in the area. These findings contrast with other archaeological evidence to show a wider range of resources exploited by hunter-gatherers and contributes to the growing evidence of the use of pottery by hunter-gatherers for aquatic products worldwide.

This unique research combines lipid residue analysis and specific-compound stable isotope analysis to provide new insights into the adoption of pottery and the ways hunter-gatherers used the resources in their landscape.

The full article can be read here:

Shinya Shoda, Alexandre Lucquin, Jae-ho Ahn, Chul-joo Hwang, Oliver E. Craig, Pottery use by early Holocene hunter-gatherers of the Korean peninsula closely linked with the exploitation of marine resources, Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume 170, 15 August 2017, Pages 164-173, ISSN 0277-3791,

Keywords: Eastern Asia; Lipid residue analysis; Aquatic biomarkers; Specific-compound stable isotope analysis; Ceramic vessels; Coastal adaptation