Variability in the Middle Stone Age of eastern Africa

Tryon, Christian A. and Faith, J. Tyler (2013) Variability in the Middle Stone Age of eastern Africa. Current Anthropology, 54 Supp. 8: S234-S254. doi:10.1086/673752

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Author Tryon, Christian A.
Faith, J. Tyler
Title Variability in the Middle Stone Age of eastern Africa
Journal name Current Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0011-3204
Publication date 2013-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1086/673752
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Volume 54
Issue Supp. 8
Start page S234
End page S254
Total pages 21
Place of publication Chicago, IL, United States
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Eastern Africa is an important area to study early populations of Homo sapiens because subsets of those populations likely dispersed to Eurasia and subsequently throughout the globe during the Upper Pleistocene. The Middle Stone Age (MSA) archaeology of this region, particularly aspects of stone-tool technology and typology, is highly variable with only rare cases of geographic and temporal patterning. Although there are differences in timing and perhaps frequency of occurrence, those elements that make up the MSA lithic tool kit are also found at contemporaneous sites elsewhere in Africa and Eurasia, making it difficult to identify a unique archaeological signal for hominin dispersals out of eastern Africa. Rather, regional variation appears to be the outcome of possibly long-term interactions between particular physical and social environments experienced by hominin populations.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: "Alternative Pathways to Complexity: Evolutionary Trajectories in the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age".

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