“The Palaeolithic Archaeology in Baise Basin and the Early Human Migrations and Evolutions in the Old Word”
On December 6, 2005, an opening ceremony for an international symposium on “The Palaeolithic Archaeology in Baise Basin and the Early Human Migrations and Evolutions in the Old Word” was held at Baise City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. This symposium has invited more than 40 distinguished specialists from Britain, France, United States, German, South Africa, Spain, Israel, India and China.
Since its first discovery in 1973, the Palaeolithic stone tools in Baise, particularly the so-called “Baise handaxe”, have drawn broad attentions from scholars worldwide. Excavations were conducted in the 1980s, followed by multi-disciplinary research projects in the 1990s. Among the challenging academic issues are the early hominids and their cultural features in the Old World, the formation process of red earth in south China, environmental changes, and the living environment of early humans.
This international symposium will introduce the interim results of studies of the Palaeolithic archaeology in the Baise Basin over the years, and explores the early human migrations and evolutions in southeast Asia, ancient environment, and their relationships with other early humans in the Old World. The symposium will promote the exchanges between Chinese paleo-anthropologists and scholars from other countries, thus serves as a forum for the dialogue on the studies of the human origins and evolutions.