Neotaphonomy of a "Common Amenity" on the Grasslands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Identifying the variables that influence the deposition, preservation, and spatial distribution of faunal material across landscapes remains a key goal of taphonomic research. Here, we report on the results of pedestrian surveys for faunal material around a seasonal waterhole surrounded by woodland within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). All visible faunal material within a 100 x 100 m area was plotted with a laser total station and collected. Focused analysis of a subassemblage collected under the canopy of a tree reveals a significant co-occurrence of modern human and carnivore taphonomic signatures. We disuss these findings within the context of Glynn Isaac’s "common amenity" model for the formation of many early Pleistocene archaeological sites.
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Neotaphonomy of a "Common Amenity" on the Grasslands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. Charles P. Egeland, Kyle Pontieri, Ryan Byerly, Cynthia Fadem, Andrew Fishback. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449762)
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Abstract Id(s): 23519