Paleolithic Survey on the Upper Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Author(s): Michael Bisson

Year: 2017


The northern half of the Luangwa Valley, Zambia, a southern branch of the East African rift system, is archaeologically unexplored territory in an area that may have served as an important biogeographic corridor between eastern and southern Africa during the Plio-Pleistocene. This paper summarizes the first systematic survey in this region. Paleontological reconnaissance in 2013 incidentally revealed multiple Paleolithic sites which may range from the Acheulian through the MSA. Representative artifact samples from sites are described, their age estimated based on techno-typological criteria, and the potential of the area for future excavation and/or landscape archaeology is assessed.

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Paleolithic Survey on the Upper Luangwa Valley, Zambia. Michael Bisson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428827)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 13193