Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2010, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (3): 441-454.doi: 10.1007/s11442-010-0441-1

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Paleosalinity in the Tianluoshan site and the correlation between the Hemudu culture and its environmental background

LI Minglin1, MO Duowen1, MAO Longjiang2, SUN Guoping3, ZHOU Kunshu4   

  1. 1. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China;;
    2. College of Atmospheric Science, Nanjing University of Information Science &|Technology, Nanjing 210044, China;
    3. Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, Hangzhou 31001;
    4. Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2009-11-16 Revised:2009-12-29 Online:2010-06-15 Published:2010-06-15
  • Contact: Mo Duowen (1955–), Professor, specialized in environmental change and environmental archaeology.
  • About author:Li Minglin (1983–), Ph.D Candidate, specialized in environmental change and environmental archaeology. E-mail:


Paleosalinity records of the Tianluoshan site are derived from measurations data of clay mineral, boron, strontium, barium, after field sampling in three profiles of the Tianluoshan site. The relative sea level changes are discussed according to the lab results. The record indicates that the region where the Tianluoshan site located has witnessed at least three times of relative sea level high-stand before, during and after the Hemudu period. Based on previous researches, this paper also focuses on discussing several environmental elements, the inter-relationships between environmental condition, human activities and development of the Hemudu culture comprehensively.

Key words: the Tianluoshan site, the Hemudu culture, paleosalinity, environmental background, relative sea level