The first modern humans at Niah, c. 50,000-35,000 years ago



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Reynolds, T., Barker, G., Barton, H., Cranbrook, G., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Kealhofer, L., Paz, V., Pike, A., Piper, P. J., Rabett, R. J., Rushworth, G., Stimpson, C. & Szabo, K. (2013). The first modern humans at Niah, c. 50,000-35,000 years ago. In G. Barker (Eds.), Rainforest Foraging and Farming in Island Southeast Asia: the Archaeology of the Niah Caves, Sarawak: Volume 1 (pp. 135-172). United Kingdom: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.


This chapter describes the evidence for the antiquity and character of initial human occupation at Niah. The chronological boundaries of the chapter are set by, on the one hand, the approximate age of the first main lithofacies in the West Mouth that was associated with human activity (Lithofacies 2, and that part of Lithofacies 2C interdigitated with it, as described in the previous chapter) and, on the other hand, the likely age of the mudflow (Lithofacies 3) that overwhelmed these earlier sediments.

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