Still Bay and serrated points from Umhlatuzana Rock Shelter, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa


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Still Bay and serrated points from Umhlatuzana Rock Shelter, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
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Journal of Archaeological Science
Lombard, Marlize
Wadley, Lyn
Jacobs, Zenobia
Mohapi, Moleboheng
Roberts, Richard G.
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Still Bay ( local )
Serrated Points ( local )
Middle Stone Age ( local )
Osl ( local )
Depositional Integrity ( local )
serial ( sobekcm )


Umhlatuzana Rock Shelter is a long-sequence Middle and Later Stone Age site in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Jonathan Kaplan excavated the site and analysed the material in the 1980s as a rescue project. For many years thereafter the collection remained untouched, partly because of doubts raised about the stratigraphic integrity of the site. Using single-grain OSL dating we show that post-depositional mixing of sediment was restricted to time-specific, small-scale events. The OSL ages obtained for the Howiesons Poort and pre-Howiesons Poort are comparable to those of other southern African sites with unambiguous Howiesons Poort and Still Bay Industries. Based on morphological and other characteristics, we reason that the Still Bay is represented at Umhlatuzana, and announce the presence of a serrated point assemblage closely associated in time with the Still Bay points.
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Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 37, no. 7 (2010-07-01).

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