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Ye Olde Fishing Hole: A Late Paleolithic Fishing Camp, Wadi Kubbaniya, Egypt

Author(s): Kimball Banks ; J. Signe Snortland ; Linda Scott Cummings ; Donatella Usai ; Maria Gatto

Year: 2016

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WK26 is a Late Paleolithic occupation consisting of a sparse lithic scatter, hearths, postholes, storage features, a possible living floor, and faunal remains in which fish predominate. The site lies on the west side of Wadi Kubbaniya, north of Aswan, Egypt, and opposite the Late Paleolithic dune field the Combined Prehistoric Expedition investigated in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Radiocarbon dates and stratigraphic position indicate that WK26 dates to the end of the Late Paleolithic. Few contemporaneous sites have been located along this stretch of the Nile Valley. The stratigraphic position and composition of the cultural material, features, and faunal remains offer insight into settlement-subsistence at the end of the Late Paleolithic in Egypt, and suggest that the site may have been a dry-season fishing camp.

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Ye Olde Fishing Hole: A Late Paleolithic Fishing Camp, Wadi Kubbaniya, Egypt. Kimball Banks, J. Signe Snortland, Linda Scott Cummings, Donatella Usai, Maria Gatto. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404200)


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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America