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A Middle and Later Stone Age sequence from Iringa, southern Tanzania

Author(s): Pamela Willoughby

Year: 2017

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Magubike rockshelter in the southern Highlands of Tanzania contains a long archaeological sequence ranging from the Middle Stone Age (MSA) through historic times. This paper describes the lithic sequence from test pit 5, which contains a 2.5 m thick cultural deposit composed of recent / historic remains, an Iron Age, a microlithic Later Stone Age (LSA), a macrolithic LSA, a transitional sequence from the MSA to the LSA and 90 cm of MSA artifacts. The later part of the sequence replicates the cultural deposits at the nearby shelter of Mlambalasi, where the microlithic LSA dates to the early Holocene and the macrolithic LSA to the late Pleistocene. The entire sequence gives a baseline for technological change at Magubike and for other sites in the Iringa region.

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A Middle and Later Stone Age sequence from Iringa, southern Tanzania. Pamela Willoughby. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429004)


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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): 14641

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