Asian Prehistoric Cultures

Mesolithic Mongolia 8,000 to 6,000 BCE

The 1928 Gobi Expedition
The 1928 Central Asiatic Expedition was centered in the Gobi Desert. Excavations by the Logan Museum yielded microlithic artifacts from the Mesolithic peoples of Mongolia. The variety of stones evident in the waste flakes suggests a glacial deposit. Although the microlithic assemblages in this area along the Chinese-Mongolian border are remarkably similar, the ceramics vary considerably, and it appears that the people who lived here were a local continuation of the hunting-fishing cultures of the Upper Paleolithic period rather than a homogeneous "Gobi Culture".