Taphonomy and behaviour at the Acheulean site of Kariandusi

Shipton, Ceri (2011) Taphonomy and behaviour at the Acheulean site of Kariandusi. African Archaeological Review, 28 2: 141-155. doi:10.1007/s10437-011-9089-1

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Author Shipton, Ceri
Title Taphonomy and behaviour at the Acheulean site of Kariandusi
Journal name African Archaeological Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-0338
Publication date 2011-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10437-011-9089-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 155
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Abstract In this article, Louis Leakey’s previously unpublished field reports are used to describe the 1929–1931 excavation campaign at the Acheulean site of Kariandusi. Using the sample of artefacts from this campaign housed in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University, attempt to understand the natural and behavioural factors contributing to site formation at Kariandusi. The matrix adhering to the artefacts and the degree of rounding on the artefacts are used to assess the depositional environments at the site. The artefact types represented at the site are used to reconstruct hominin discard behaviour. Descriptions and measurements of the bifaces are used to determine how these tools were made and whether they were resharpened. In conclusion, I provide a model of the life history of a Kariandusi biface.
Keyword Acheulean
Discard behaviour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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