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Published by Academic Press in New York .
Written in English



  • Africa, Southern,
  • Africa, Southern.


  • Stone age -- Africa, Southern.,
  • Africa, Southern -- Antiquities.

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Bibliography: p. 451-485.

Statement[by] C. Garth Sampson.
SeriesStudies in archaeology series
LC ClassificationsGN865.S52 S25
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 518 p.
Number of Pages518
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5425958M
ISBN 100127857591
LC Control Number73020441

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Stone Age archaeology of South Africa.. [Clavil Garth Sampson] Home. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. Search. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Book: All Authors / Contributors: Clavil Garth Sampson. Find more information about: ISBN: OCLC Number.   The archaeology of the Old Stone Age of Southern Africa is of major importance to our understanding of human adaptation and evolution over the last two million years. This volume considers the history of archaeological discovery in this region then goes on to provide a review and analyses of key collections in the British Museum showing their. At Ma, a new stone tool technology (Mode 2) presents itself (Semaw et al., ;Diez-Martín et al., ), and it is also present in South Africa at this early time (Gibbon et al., a). South Africa - South Africa - The Late Stone Age: Basic toolmaking techniques began to undergo additional change ab years ago. Small finely worked stone implements known as microliths became more common, while the heavier scrapers and points of the Middle Stone Age appeared less frequently. Archaeologists refer to this technological stage as the Late Stone Age.

The Earlier Stone Age of Southern Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin. /) Klein goes on to note that, “Only about 20 sealed ESA sites are known in southern Africa, and all but 3 or 4 probably postdate 1 mya. Archaeology of Southern Africa Southern Africa has a rich storehouse of archaeological sites, beginning with some of the earliest evidence of human origins and stone tool making, found in the Sterkfontein Caves and related caves that are part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, west of Johannesburg. As the exception on the continent, southern Africa has no Neolithic period. In the s, when the term came to mean Stone Age with food production, Neolithic was dropped in South Africa . "The development of Stone Age archaeology in South Africa has a long and chequered history. It is now over 80 years since the discipline was placed on a firm, international, scientific footing. Since then, several histories of its development.

Early Stone Age Africa. The Early Stone Age (ESA), which spanned from approximately million years ago (mya) - , years ago (ya), describes a period in African prehistory in which the first stone tools were developed, including both Oldowan and Acheulean. Early sites along the East African Rift include Lomekwi in the Turkana Basin, Kenya, and Olduvai Gorge farther south . Introduction. The term “Middle Stone Age” was introduced by South African pioneer archaeologists Goodwin and van Riet Lowe in to describe stone tool assemblages technologically distinct from those of the Early and Later Stone Age periods. The phrase ‘Later Stone Age’ nevertheless remains useful as a ready reference for the hunter-gatherers (and stone-using pastoralists) who inhabited southern Africa over the p years. This chapter provides an overview of what archaeologists have learned about these people over this period and identifies several areas of current. Stone Age - Stone Age - Africa: The Paleolithic of Africa is characterized by a variety of stone-tool assemblages, some of which represent purely local developments while others are practically identical with materials from corresponding horizons in Europe. Geological investigations of the Late Cenozoic deposits of this continent indicate that, as the result of fluctuations in rainfall, the.