A late Pleistocene to Holocene archaeological record from East Kalimantan, Borneo

Tim Ryan Maloney, India Ella Dilkes-Hall, Pindi Setiawan, Adhi Agus Oktaviana, I. Made Geria, Muslimin Effendy, Marlon Ririmasse, Febryanto, Etha Sriputri, Andika Priyatno, Falentinus Triwijaya Atmoko, Ian Moffat, Adam Brumm, Maxime Aubert

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Abstract

Recent archaeological excavations at Liang Jon, a limestone rockshelter in the East Kalimantan province of Indonesian Borneo, have revealed a cultural sequence covering the period from around 16,700 calibrated radiocarbon years before present (16.7 kyr cal BP) until the late Holocene—a time of dynamic environmental, social, and economic change throughout Island Southeast Asia. There are few published archaeological sequences from this period of human history from Borneo, a geographically strategic region in the wider early human settlement of the region, highlighting the importance of our initial finds and dating work at Liang Jon. We describe our excavation and present chronostratigraphic and initial summary data to outline the significance this cultural sequence has in reconciling archaeological evidence and dated rock art records from early human cultural behaviour at the easternmost margin of the Late Pleistocene continental landmass of Sunda. Summary data, including stone artefacts, marine shell beads, faunal remains, and a pre-Austronesian burial, contributes to our understanding of regional trends associated with widespread cultural and technological change during the Pleistocene to Holocene transition, when the present-day island of Borneo was formed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107313
Number of pages21
JournalQuaternary Science Reviews
Volume277
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Archaeological Record
  • Cultural sequence
  • Borneo
  • Early human cultural behaviour

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