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TWILIGHT OF THE MICROLITH IN THE LATE EPIPALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH EAST AFRICA? LOCALITY 268 IN DAKHLEH OASIS, EGYPT

TWILIGHT OF THE MICROLITH IN THE LATE EPIPALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH EAST AFRICA? LOCALITY 268 IN... Location 268 in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, is an anomaly within the Epipalaeolithic of North Africa. Instead of the characteristic microlith, a small element usually modified for hafting in a composite tool, it yields tools made almost exclusively on large blanks, many of them heavily modified for hafting. Relative dating evidence suggests that Loc. 268 was occupied late in the Epipalaeolithic, when groups elsewhere in the region were gradually phasing out the microlith. The focus on large hafted tools at Loc. 268 may reflect the need of collectors for a reliable toolkit to counter the risks entailed in opting for greater sedentism within an unusually rich, well-watered niche. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

TWILIGHT OF THE MICROLITH IN THE LATE EPIPALAEOLITHIC OF NORTH EAST AFRICA? LOCALITY 268 IN DAKHLEH OASIS, EGYPT

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 5 (1): 79 – Oct 25, 2007

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Brill
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© Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
eISSN
2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/1612-1651-10086
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Abstract

Location 268 in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, is an anomaly within the Epipalaeolithic of North Africa. Instead of the characteristic microlith, a small element usually modified for hafting in a composite tool, it yields tools made almost exclusively on large blanks, many of them heavily modified for hafting. Relative dating evidence suggests that Loc. 268 was occupied late in the Epipalaeolithic, when groups elsewhere in the region were gradually phasing out the microlith. The focus on large hafted tools at Loc. 268 may reflect the need of collectors for a reliable toolkit to counter the risks entailed in opting for greater sedentism within an unusually rich, well-watered niche.

Journal

Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2007

Keywords: Late Epipalaeolithic; Dakhleh Oasis; hafting; collector system; increased sedentism

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