TITLE

Site formation in the early South African Stone Age sites and its influence on the archaeological record

AUTHOR(S)
Kuman, Kathleen
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
South African Journal of Science;May/Jun2003, Vol. 99 Issue 5/6, p251
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Only three plio-pleistocene sites in South Africa preserve any sizeable numbers of Earlier Stone Age artefacts. Although there are a further 13 sites with deposits of potentially the fight age, only a handful of artefacts has been excavated from a few deposits. Although few of these latter sites have been worked as intensively as the three archaeological sites, the rarity of stone tools is not only a product of this relative inattention. The richest assemblages are found at sites close and convenient to major river gravels, and a combination of factors is discussed to explain the special circumstances in which cultural material has been preserved. The pattern for Acheulean sites younger than c. 1 Myr is also discussed and linked to the rarity of the sediment traps that preserve Earlier Stone Age sites on the South African landscape.
ACCESSION #
10826423

 

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