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Sonai Rockshelter excavations

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Sonai Rockshelter is located at 1125 m altitude, in semi-open Acacia savanna approaching the slopes of Mt. Oldeani in the Lake Eyasi basin, ca. 4 km from the lake (which sits at ca. 1000 m asl). It has been used by Hadza hunter-gatherers repeatedly in recent years. It was excavated by M. Prendergast, A. Mabulla and M. Domínguez-Rodrigo in 2005-2006 and was sampled for OSL dating by Z. Jacobs and R. Roberts in 2007. Data presented here include radiocarbon dates and faunal remains from Level I (mid- to late Holocene, LSA through Iron Age).

Cite this Record

Sonai Rockshelter excavations. ( tDAR id: 6658) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8M61MPN


Spatial Coverage

min long: 35.377; min lat: -3.483 ; max long: 35.4; max lat: -3.467 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Principal Investigator(s): Mary Prendergast

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-5 of 5)


  1. Photographs of Sonai Rockshelter
  2. Plan of Sonai Rockshelter


  1. Fauna from Sonai Rockshelter, Level I - taxonomic representation
  2. Faunal data from Sonai Rockshelter Level I - survivorship
  3. Radiocarbon dates from Sonai Rockshelter
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