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Taphonomy of a modern landscape bone assemblage in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Author(s): Liat Lebovich ; Victoria P. Johnson ; Ryan M. Byerly ; Cynthia M. Fadem ; Charles P. Egeland

Year: 2017

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Bone assemblages from modern landscapes can help address a variety of issues, from the degree to which

bone scatters accurately reflect local habitats to what variables condition the deposition, preservation, and

spatial distribution of faunal material. In 2015, systematic pedestrian survey recovered ~350 bone

specimens within a 200m x 200m area of open grassland about two kilometers north of Olduvai Gorge in

the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). Weathering profiles suggest an exposure, and thus

accumulation, time of many years. Find density is well under one bone specimen per square meter,

although spatial analysis reveals significant clumping. The findings from the NCA "background scatter"

are used better understand the paleoecology and taphonomy of Olduvai Gorge’s well-known early

Pleistocene faunal assemblages.

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Taphonomy of a modern landscape bone assemblage in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. Liat Lebovich, Victoria P. Johnson, Ryan M. Byerly, Cynthia M. Fadem, Charles P. Egeland. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430559)


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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): 15633

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