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1 PACEA - de la Préhistoire à l-Actuel, Cultures, Environnement, Anthropologie 2 School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, university of the Witwatersrand 3 University of Colorado Museum 4 Natal Museum, Pietermarizburg

Abstract : A technological analysis of crystal quartz backed tools from the Howiesons Poort of Sibudu Cave shows that they are smaller than backed tools from other rock types. They are not highly standardized and their reduction sequence is straightforward. Raw materials could have been obtained near the shelter. The distribution of organic and inorganic residues on the backed tools suggests that they were hafted. Our results imply that interpretations of Howiesons Poort technology as innovative, based on attributes such as long distance transport of raw materials and size standardization of backed pieces, remain undemonstrated.

Keywords : Backed tools Crystal quartz Howiesons Poort Sibudu Cave South Africa





Author: Anne Delagnes - Lyn Wadley - Paola Villa - Marlize Lombard -

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