Stone artefacts from Southeast Sulawesi: Technology beyond the Toalean


We report on the stone artefact assemblages and geoarchaeological contexts from two recently excavated rockshelters in southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Human occupation starts at 19,000 BP. We find low density occupation during the Pleistocene, followed by a major increase in discard and change in local environmental conditions in the early Holocene. Striking changes in artefact discard rates occur during the middle Holocene, and distinctive retouched forms appear. We discuss the implications for human colonisation of large islands such as Sulawesi and the interpretation of spatially discrete technologies such as the Toalean in south Sulawesi.

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Stone artefacts from Southeast Sulawesi: Technology beyond the Toalean. Deanna De Boer, Zara Steinhart, Ben Marwick, David Bulbeck, Sue O'Connor. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396695)


Indonesia Sulawesi

Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;