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Turning the Desert Green: Reconstructing Late Paleolithic Vegetation at Wadi Kubbaniya, Upper Egypt

Author(s): Kimball Banks ; Linda Cummings ; Signe Snortland ; Maria Gatto

Year: 2017

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Wadi Kubbaniya is the largest wadi extending from the Western Desert to the Nile in Upper Egypt. The Combined Prehistoric Expedition devoted four seasons in the late 1970s-early 1980s investigating Late Paleolithic (20,000-12,000 BP) settlement-subsistence in the wadi. The Expedition documented one of the most complete occupational sequences for this period in Upper Egypt. Because of excellent preservation, the Expedition was able to reconstruct the vegetation and identify floral resources exploited during the Late Paleolithic. In 2012, the Combined Prehistoric Expedition Foundation in collaboration with the Aswan-Kom Ombo Archaeological Project returned to excavate WK26, which dates to the end of the Late Paleolithic sequence, with the objective of continuing vegetative reconstruction and identifying exploited floral resources, applying recent technology. This paper addresses vegetation during and plant use in the Late Paleolithic and techniques for identifying such resources.

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Turning the Desert Green: Reconstructing Late Paleolithic Vegetation at Wadi Kubbaniya, Upper Egypt. Kimball Banks, Linda Cummings, Signe Snortland, Maria Gatto. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430424)


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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): 15294

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