Interpreting Small-Scale, Intra-site Spatial Variation of Finds from the MSA Deposits at Sibudu Cave, South Africa
Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is a key Middle Stone Age site that provides a high-resolution stratigraphic record of cultural change. The sequence from Sibudu is well-dated and has been the focus of intense geoarchaeological research. This paper examines the spatial distribution of lithic artifacts, faunal remains, worked ochre, burnt materials and botanical finds to see if these distributions provide meaningful information on the changing use of space at the site. The study will focus on deposits overlying the Howiesons Poort and dating to ca. 58,000 years ago, a period when the site was occupied intensely and for which we have documented much short-term technological change. We examine the question of whether or not important behavioral information on the spatial use of sites can be identified through careful analysis of small areas with high stratigraphic resolution.
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Interpreting Small-Scale, Intra-site Spatial Variation of Finds from the MSA Deposits at Sibudu Cave, South Africa. Nicholas Conard, Mareike Brenner, Knut Bretzke, Christopher Miller, Manuel Will. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443898)
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Abstract Id(s): 20957