c. 10 000 - 6 000 years ago
The Mesolithic period broadly defined by the use of more skillfully worked stone tools but predating the appearance of agriculture about 10 000 years ago is not a very distinct period in China.
Many of the activities that might have left traces might have taken place along the shorelines of a coast now 300 feet under the sea level of today.
The text is based on, CHINA - a Country Study by Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, Edited by Robert L. Worden, Andrea Matles Savada and Ronald E. Dolan. Research Completed July 1987. This version and Webpage © Jan-Erik Nilsson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2002